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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Mixing Arts and Shoelaces — InkStains Ep 22

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he’s asked if his photographic eye affects the way he writes. He answers listener questions about tying shoes and when he knew he wanted to write. Readings include another New Orleans inspired ghost story, a magician with only one trick, and the reviled Hero Killer.

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Outlines, Rituals, and the Clock Man — InkStains Ep 21

Host John Urbancik discusses outlines and answers listener questions about when the words won’t flow and after-work rituals. Readings include a ghost story about New Orleans jazz, non-fiction about the muse, and the Clock Man.

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Locks of Love and Celebrity Crushes — InkStains Ep 20

Host John Urbancik takes a stance in the war between Quantity and Quality. A listener asks about his first celebrity crush. The readings include a story about locks of love (something of a fairy tale), legends about the cellars of old houses, and a storyteller telling stories about a storyteller.

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Second Hand Ghosts — InkStains Ep 19

Host John Urbancik reveals the origin of his InkStains project and answers writerly questions about characters. A new InkStains challenge that anyone can do. And in the three readings: flowers grow in a garden, a magician shows a kid a new magic trick, and second-hand ghosts!

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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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