129. After Life (S6.3)

It’s hard to get a good night’s death around here.

Noelle and Lani discuss mirrors and the transformative power of pain as they dive into After Life (S6.03).

68. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S5.11-22)

There’s nothing you can do to get us to join your Evil League of Evil.

It’s a rough ride as Lani and Joshua close out this season. But before they hit the trail of narrative chicanery, Joshua tells Lani all about superheroes and their annoying offspring from the future.

128. Bargaining, Parts 1 & 2 (S6.1-2)

Is this hell?

Lani and Noelle say hello to the darkness that is Season 6 as they discuss Bargaining Parts 1&2 (S6.1-2)

127. The Gift (S5.22)

“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.”
Lani and Noelle discuss The Gift (S5.22).

67. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S5.1-10)

We Don’t Half-Hit People.

For an introduction to the Lighthouse, Joshua talks about what agency looks to space in the 616 and then Lani discusses all the time, and story, out of joint.

126. The Weight of the World (S5.21)

Gods don’t pay.

Buffy shuts down and Willow takes charge as Lani and Noelle contemplate the various Buffy pairings in The Weight of the World (S5.21).

125. Spiral (S5.20)

Buckle up, kids. Daddy’s putting the hammer down!

Lani and Noelle question the WTF as medieval knights attack an RV in Spiral (S5.20).

66. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.16-22)

Rain or shine, the man with the umbrella’s always ready.

Joshua tells Lani about Villain Worlds and how they’re different from Bizarro Worlds and makes some recommendations of Villain Worlds to read and others to avoid. Then they dive hard into the Framework to discuss returns of favorite and less favorite characters, ships that were a bad idea, and, just because they have time, they kick around the very nature of reality.

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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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