Writer’s Block — InkStains Ep 18

Host John Urbancik talks about Writer’s Block and Artist’s Block, and tells you how to deal with it effectively and definitively. This week’s InkStains challenge will help you plan for the next time it attacks. Also: three readings: stories to sell, the parallel universe version of me, and what’s in the shoebox in the secret room in the attic?

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Let Me Encourage You — InkStains Ep 17

Host John Urbancik returns from a convention where he’s been re-energized and exhausted, and offers words of encouragement to you and everyone. Then he challenges you to do the same. Readings include stories channeled from his inner Ray Bradbury, a story about when to start a story, and jury duty.

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Van Gogh, Carnivals, and Paper Folding — InkStains Ep 16

Host John Urbancik explores living a creative life, then tackles the dark night of the soul. A new InkStains challenge is issued. Readings include a story inspired by Van Gogh, a nearly completely true story about a carnival in a hotel room, and paper folding in the wind.

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Nurturing Creativity — InkStains Ep 15

Host John Urbancik tackles fostering creativity, something we have to do on our own in modern society. A new InkStains challenge issued, and then John gets serious. Readings include requirements for being a writer and adventurer, a brief history of the host, and a challenge against the night.

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The Ghost Collector — InkStains Ep 12

Join Host John Urbancik as he discusses what happens after the end of those big projects. Readings include ramblings about the blank page, a job offer from Ms. Friday, and the ghost collector’s prized possession.

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Baking in a War Zone and Other Adventures – InkStains – Ep 10

Host John Urbancik claims to be an Adventurer (as well as writer and photographer), and tries to define it. Three new readings: night falls, Monday and Sunday in court, and a grandmother bakes cookies in a war zone.

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Nightingales and Lost Fates – InkStains – Ep 8

Host John Urbancik discusses recurrent themes in his work, and in yours, and assigns a new InkStains challenge. Three new readings, including a young storm, a birthday, and The Book of Lost Fates.

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