124. Tough Love (S5.19)

I owe you pain!

Lani and Noelle talk about the long-tail effects of Willow’s rush to black-eyed, level 30 mage in Tough Love (S5.19).

123. Intervention (S5.18)

Vampires of the world, beware!

What does the BuffyBot say about the complexity of Spike’s love? Lani and Noelle try to figure it out in Intervention (S5.18).

65. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.9-15)

We are freakin’ robots.

For the LMD arc, Joshua points out two knock-off Captains America as well as the shell game that is LMDs and Doombots in the 616. Then Lani leads the conversation about identity, bad girl shenanigans, ill conceived ships, and the missed opportunities in LMD.

122. Forever (S5.17)

We liked the lady.

It’s coding, love stories vs. romance, and Spike as the essence of ride or die in Forever (S5.17).

121. The Body (S5.16)

Lani and Noelle process the five one-act plays of grief in “The Body” (S5.16).

64. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.1-8)

We know what a good light source is. A guy with a flaming head.

It’s a vengeance fueled story arc on Agents of SHIELD as they introduce GHOST RIDER! Joshua and Lani dive into the more mystical end of the Marvel comics before freaking out about how cool a flaming skull in a Dodge Charger is. 

120. I Was Made to Love You (S5.115)

“‘Crying is blackmail. Good girlfriends don’t cry,’ is the girlfriend catechism,” is a thing Noelle said in this week’s episode, talking about the deep philosophical questions inspired by the sci-fi in I Was Made to Love You (S5.15).

So you need to listen.

63. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S3.11-22)

We’re running. Very Fast. Away.

Just like real life, it is a cavalcade of difficult topics for Joshua and Lani discuss. Slavery, both fictional and otherwise, the misuse of police powers, and more are mixed into the usual, and enjoyable, spy and relationship shenanigans.

Love what you love

At Chipperish Media, story expert and New York Times bestselling novelist Lani Diane Rich podcasts about stories and storytelling, loving up on and learning from the best stories out there, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Angel, The West WingOutlander and Star Wars!

And for the serious narrative nerds out there, Lani’s groundbreaking How Story Works podcast goes deep into narrative theory which applies to all stories, independent of form. So whether you’re wondering why that commercial made you cry, or trying to figure out how to structure a sprawling epic novel, this is the only how-to storytelling podcast you need.

“Thank you so much!”

I discovered your podcast when you guest hosted on Buffering the Vampire Slayer, just a few weeks ago, and you have already changed my life with How Story Works!

All my life I’ve felt the need to write, but it wasn’t until recently that I sat down with an idea for a novel. In the past two years, I have started, and lost the way with two book ideas. I didn’t know what I was missing, how to bring my feelings and ideas together in a coherent way, until I discovered you and HSW.

I have only made it to Episode 12: Seven Anchor Scenes, but feel I FINALLY have the tools to build a map for my book!

I am so excited to dig deeper into HSW and in turn my book!

So, thank you. Discovering you is the turning point in my dream of writing a book.


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