Novel

Episode 24 — The Outsiders

Ali discusses S. E. Hinton’s powerful coming-of-age novel, The Outsiders. She reads passages and talks about important character moments as well as the significance of the novel’s famous quote, “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 23 — Nickelodeon Nostalgia with Stacey Grant

Ali interviews Seventeen Snapchat Editor and author of Hey Arnold! Guide to Relationships, Stacey Grant. Stacey shares about her career path, favorite articles she’s written and people she’s interviewed, her thoughts on reboots, favorite Nickelodeon shows and much more.

Follow Stacey on Twitter and Instagram.

Purchase Hey Arnold! Guide to Relationships on Amazon.

List, Writing

Episode 22 — Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Ali discusses Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling compiled by former Pixar storyboard artist, Emma Coats, drawing examples from various Pixar films along the way with each screenwriting tip.

Interview, Musicals

Episode 19 — Musical Mania with Casey Reed

Ali interviews music director, Casey Reed. He talks about his experience working on various projects, favorite composers and Broadway musicals, the importance of music in storytelling, tips for aspiring professional musicians and much more. Plus, an impromptu discussion about favorite Nicktoon composers.

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Read Ali’s interview with Casey and Ashli: FNN Blog Interview

Animation, Television

Episode 16 — A Charlie Brown Christmas

Ali discusses the first original animated Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Charles Schulz. She shares some interesting facts about the special and cites all the moments that make it so iconic.

Animation, Television

Episode 15 — How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Ali discusses the animated Christmas special based on the book of the same name, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She shares her favorite moments and cites some lyrics from the classic song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”