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.

119. Crush (S5.14)

He’s got cool hair, and he’s got leather coats and stuff.

Spike confesses his love for Buffy, and Lani and Noelle confess their love for Harmony, in our review of Crush (S5.14).

118. Blood Ties (S5.13)

Conversation’s over, hell-bitch.

The Summers sisters bond over blood, and Lani and Noelle ponder the nature of reality in Blood Ties (S5.13).

10. Season 1 Finale: Character Q&A

On the season 1 finale of HSWC, we wrap up our discussion of character with Q&A and recommended resources. Links in the show notes!

62. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S3.1-10)

We’ll discuss the consequences of your little science fair later.

As we pick back up with the Agents, Joshua discusses the thematic overlap between Inhumans and the X-Men. Then Lani and Joshua kick around the various couples and how their relationships impact the arc.

117. Checkpoint (S5.12)

If that girl’s the only thing between me and my key, I don’t need much time.

Lani and Noelle discuss Buffy’s beautiful smackdown of the Watcherarchy in Checkpoint (S5.12).

9. Fix-It: Game Night

Lani and Kelly sit down with writer and Listen Up A-Holes co-host Joshua Unruh to figure out how to fix 2018’s Game Night. 

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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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