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Ever wanted to challenge yourself artistically? Write a story every day, photograph something or illustrate something on a regular basis? John Urbancik has done that, on a grand scale: InkStains was originally a year-long daily writing project, in which he wrote a story a day every day for a year. By hand. Now, as he attempts to do this for a third time, he’ll share with you his secrets of how it’s done. Or maybe you just want to hear some of the stories that have resulted from this. InkStains is now a weekly podcast featuring stories of any and every genre as well as discussions about creativity and personal challenges and what it takes to make a thing – and the kinds of scars and stains that might leave.

Nov 14, 2018



Pocketful of Smoke,
of Glass!
Part 1 of 3
Host John Urbancik continues
to issues challenges
as he reads from his novella.

John Urbancik discusses
writing, photography, art, and creativity,
and also reads...

Nov 7, 2018


The Lady, or the Tiger
and Lord of the Rings
and happy endings
and nihilistic endings.
Another kind of InkStains Challenge.
A quick review of
Bohemian Rhapsody.
Stories include
Cinderella on Times Square,
a Star and its children,
and a sword of beauty.

John Urbancik discusses
writing, photography, art, and...

Oct 31, 2018



World Building!
Continuity and Consistency
help make a fictional world real.
So does borrowing from the real world.
Our host discusses creating
the worlds of Stale Reality
and Midnight, the City of Night.
An announcement is made,
and a new challenge issued.

Stories from Midnight include
Ghost of Midnight,

Oct 24, 2018


Literary Toolboxes!
Language! Observation! Deduction!
Sherlock Holmes!
Science and Alchemy!
Punishing ourselves,
our bodies, psyches, and souls.
A request that you not be a creep
with this week's InkStains challenge.
And what happened when our host
attended a writer's group
in Madrid.
Stories include
a youth in love,

Oct 17, 2018



Our host struggles to define
the short story, but finally
gets into how he approaches
writing shorts, and how they're
different from InkStains stories.
Revelations. Twists.
Things that are necessary.
And all the terrible stories
that have to be written...