Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 58 — Hey Arnold! + “Care”

Ali discusses the amazing Nicktoon, Hey Arnold!, created by Craig Bartlett. She shares her interesting interpretation of the show’s title when she was a kid, poignant moments that move her to tears, various lines that always crack her up, key scenes that stood out to her as a kid and what she feels is the all-encompassing theme of the series. She also talks about the qualities she admires most about Arnold and the reasons Helga G. Pataki is one of her all-time favorite characters. Afterward, she shares a Hey Arnold! story she wrote called “Care.”

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 55 — Ed, Edd n Eddy + “Edd the Stud”

Ali discusses the gut-bustingly hilarious cartoon, Ed, Edd n Eddy, created by Danny Antonucci. She shares her favorite episodes, quotes and fourth wall breaking moments, plus a few behind-the-scene tidbits and her theory on what’s under Double Dee’s hat. She also shares her thoughts on the fitting series finale, Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show, and she shares an Ed, Edd n Eddy story she wrote called “Edd the Stud.”

Animation, Movie, Short Story

Episode 54 — Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus + “Sitting in a Tree”

Ali discusses the movie, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, written by series creator, Jhonen Vasquez. She shares everything she loved about the movie in all of its ridiculous glory, from the incredible visuals to the hilarious dialogue to the surprisingly sweet moments. Afterward, she shares another Invader ZIM story she wrote called “Sitting in a Tree.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 9 — Invader ZIM + “Dodgeball of Doom.”

Short Story

Episode 49 — “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion”

Ali discusses a short story about the complications of planning a simple wedding called “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion” from Raphel Bob-Waksberg’s book of short stories, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory. She also touches on a few lines from other stories in the book that resonated with her.

Short Story, Television

Episode 39 — The Big Bang Theory + “The Left and Right Brain Dichotomy”

Ali discusses the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. She shares her favorite episodes, memorable scenes and sweet couple milestones. She also shares fun behind-the-scene details from her experience attending a taping of one of the final few episodes of the series. Afterward, she shares a Big Bang Theory story she wrote called “The Left and Right Brain Dichotomy.”

Short Story

Episode 33 — “Who Will Greet You at Home”

Ali discusses the short story, “Who Will Greet You at Home,” admiring the creative yet heartbreaking tale from a book of short stories called What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. She also talks about the reason she bought the book per a recommendation from the creator of one of her all-time favorite TV shows and how she had the opportunity to meet him and chat with him about it.