The F Word: Failure — InkStains Ep 34

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he takes on Failure — and why we should be doing more of it. Readings include a carousel in an antique shop, an old magician, and a man with nothing left to lose who bets everything on a spin of the wheel.

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Ride the Lightning and More — InkStains Ep 33

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, in the first show recorded at the new DarkFluidity Studios, he talks about the systems and tools stolen from his own past lives to assist with the details of his longer projects. Readings include a roller coaster on the side of a mountain, riding the lightning, and a brutal road trip.

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What Future? — InkStains Ep 32

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he records for the last time from the DarkFluidity Studios in Florida before boldly stepping into the unknown future, so he talks about all our futures, and about hope. Readings include a mermaid washing up on shore, a woman discovering an artist on the other side of the world who has sketched her face, and a ghoulish Halloween tale.

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Obligations and Thunderbolts — InkStains Ep 31

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he explains his obligations — not to publishers, and not even to readers or listeners, but to himself. Readings include an unused bolt of lightning, the boathouse before the Riverman, and a princess and her tiger.

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Baby Driver, Music, and Fiction — InkStains Ep 30

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses the movie Baby Driver, specifically its use of music, and how he incorporates music into his fiction. Readings include a race through the woods, magic in the City of Night, and a crime noir set on the highways of New England.

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Road Trips and InkStains — InkStains Ep 29

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses his recent road trip, including stops at Necon (The North Eastern Writer’s Conference) and the Frazetta Museum in Pennsylvania. Readings include a rat and a dying man in the subways, a story about the City of Night, and what happens to the freight elevator when the close the art museum.

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A Few Things I Love — InkStains Ep 28

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he talks about some of his favorite authors, artists, films, and musicians, and why choosing favorites can be so hard to do. A listener asks to explain how actions are stronger than words and the pen is mightier than the sword can both be true. Readings include a haunting in New Orleans, a poet at a desk, and a ship sailing to the end of the earth.

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Mysteries of the Unknown — InkStains Ep 27

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses Time-Life’s Mysteries of the Unknown and other forms of research, then later explore expository writing and fake childhood memories. A listener asks about Dungeons & Dragons. Readings include an open air market and a search for a gift for a daughter, if I were the moon goddess, and the poetry of thunder.

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Questions Questions Who’s Asking Questions? — InkStains Ep 26

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses questions writers must ask, and doesn’t limit his discussion to just the 5 W’s. Readings include the final scenes of a summer blockbuster, a story of Midnight, the City of Night, and a piece about constellations.

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Focus in Film and Fiction — InkStains Ep 25

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses focus, and applies it not just to the obvious arts of film and photography, but also to culinary arts and poetry and fiction. And a listener asks him to sing. Readings include an artificial intelligence calling itself Adam, the restoration of magic, and a man trying to jump to the moon.

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The Power of Language and a World Without Chocolate — InkStains Ep 25

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses the power of language and explains why words matter. He answers listener questions about his favorite genres. Readings include a world without chocolate, the daughter of gods, and a story about what happens after the hero saves the day.

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Magic and Heartbreak — InkStains Ep 23

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses the magic of writing, music, illustration,and painting. He answers listener questions about stories, music, and scents that recall the past. Readings include a bourbon infused noir piece, something about a juggler, and a tale of an enchanted sword at the bottom of a lake.

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