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Dusted – the Buffy and Angel Podcasts
January 3, 2017
8:54 pm
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sleepcrime
Cat
Meows: 24
Snarking Since:
August 30, 2015

Well, wow. Lani & Alastair are divorcing. She will be taking over StoryWonk.

http://alastairstephens.com/an-announcement/

January 20, 2017
10:58 am
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

Woah, I just saw this! Honestly, I'm super surprised. They always seem to have nice chemistry on their podcasts. I was just telling my friend the other day that their winter break seemed to be taking forever. others-221

I don't know if you listen to another "oddowonk's" podcast from Common Room Radio, but Liz Stevens is also getting a divorce (Disney Princess Deathmatch, Porch Club). Liz talks about her divorce a ton on Porch Room and I notice on every episode they have a twitter question from Alistair. 

 

ETA- as of the 13th of this month, Alistair said he's taking over Storywonk, including Dusted. Which is a little sad since I felt like that was her thing. 

https://storywonk.com/the-future-of-storywonk/

January 26, 2017
4:21 pm
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SoManyHats
Hamcat
Meows: 158
Snarking Since:
April 26, 2013

I am rewatching Buffy for the first time in my adult life and I started this podcast as well and, granted, I'm only 20 minutes or so in, but I can't handle this man's voice. Where did he learn to talk (NOT where is he from because I'm convinced this isn't natural, it's his attempt at whatever it is he's going for). The over-pronunciation of Ts! nineTeen-nineTy-seven; wriTTers UGH

 

And WHO is he? He really thinks a lot about himself. It's exhausting. I don't think I'll last here.

January 28, 2017
12:47 am
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sleepcrime
Cat
Meows: 24
Snarking Since:
August 30, 2015

SweetAndSour, did not know about that other podcast! So, hmm. Did notice at the time it was announced, Lani's heartbreak and shock was all over her Twitter…

A new Buffy podcast started recently (Buffering the Vampire Slayer) but I wasn't really up for starting over at season one. Totally can't blame anyone who finds A too pompous to listen to. Who'll be the new cohost??

January 30, 2017
4:15 pm
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

Another update! The lastest Porch Club episode featured…Alistair! He moved to Oklahoma and what do you know, Liz lives there. I'm calling it. Alistair and Liz find podcasts and romance. 

January 30, 2017
7:11 pm
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sleepcrime
Cat
Meows: 24
Snarking Since:
August 30, 2015

Yes, what?! He's moved halfway across the country already to be with his, uh…podcast…friends…? Don't he and Lani have teenage kids?

 

Supposedly the new ep of Dusted comes out tomorrow…

February 1, 2017
4:23 pm
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

sleepcrime, I'm glad you are invested in this as much as I am! I don't know if the teens are his biological children, although I still think it's shitty that he moves halfway across the country within a month's notice. Judging by Lani's tweets, it seems like she might have been blindsided by the separation. 

 

The new co-host is Sarah Cade Pezant….who is Liz Steven's bestie and co-host of Disney Princess Death Match and Porch Club. And Alastair is staying with Robby, who co-hosts a Hamilton podcast with Vinton (Common Room Radio with Liz and Sarah). 

February 1, 2017
4:33 pm
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

Another update- Alastair and Lani had a Marvel Universe podcast, and now Sarah, Liz and Vinton are co-hosts. 

 

And because I'm a petty b***h I checked who's following who and Lani stopped following Alastair, Liz, Sarah, and the StoryWonk account. 

February 2, 2017
3:49 am
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Misskittyfantastico2
Cat
Meows: 17
Snarking Since:
February 2, 2017

Okay, so I have been obsessed with Storywonk for a couple years now (I even read the Outlander series just because Lani and Alastair seemed to think it was so good) and Dusted has been my absolute favourite thing to listen to as long as I've known what podcasts were, but this whole thing has me reeling! I'm so glad to see people talking about it because it seems like everyone on the forum is too polite to address it, but Alastair has totally left Lani high and dry for this Liz gal, right?

And I listened to the most recent Dusted episode and this Sarah is awful! None of Lani's weighted, intelligent, balanced arguments that are based on intelligent analysis, it's all fan-girl gushing and the word "like". And can someone please tell her to stop yelling into the mike!

Okay I digress. The point is, Alastair seems to have found greener pastures after some very short notice (the December 22 episode of Dusted they say they'll be back January 9, so clearly Lani didn't know…). And for the record the kids aren't his. He's always referred to them as "mine" and "ours" but they've only been together since 2011 so I always found it odd that he had seemed to claim them after so short a time!

February 2, 2017
10:45 am
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

I'm so glad I have people to talk to about this! I'm very invested in people I don't know, and nosy to boot.

 

I always thought the Dusted series was Lani's forte, so it's very weird to hear someone else talk about it. This week's episode was a Jane Epsensen written episode, and I could just hear Lani saying these episodes are made specifically to delight her. 

 

Sarah is ok, very fan girl and loud, which worked for me on her shows. But it was a jolt to hear her paired with Alastair. Like, Alastair and Lani were the disciples of dissecting a story, and Liz, Sarah, Vinton, ect were followers. So it's weird to hear Sarah try to step up to Lani's standard. 

February 2, 2017
3:21 pm
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Misskittyfantastico2
Cat
Meows: 17
Snarking Since:
February 2, 2017

I've never listened to any of Liz and Sarah's podcasts so I had no idea what to expect. Which is likely why it was so jarring. Let's face it though, no one is going to compare to Lani. The episode felt so empty without her obsessive Jane Espensen love and Spike/Buffy shipping.

I really did feel like the conversations about Spike were a lot less nuanced on this episode because Alastair and Sarah seemed to think exactly the same way about everything.

Ah well, I'm very nosy too and I have to say I'm having a hard time listening to the Storywonk stuff because I feel like someone hurt my friend Lani's feelings haha… I might be a little *too* invested in these people I don't know…

February 2, 2017
3:49 pm
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sleepcrime
Cat
Meows: 24
Snarking Since:
August 30, 2015

Glad I'm not alone in being way nosier about this than I have any right to be! But you spend untold hours listening to this couple and then DRAMA and you just want to know everything!

It was surprising that Lani didn't get any word of thanks or recognition on the latest ep, just boom, new host. Everyone is being extra gracious on Twitter now, though.

Sarah seems to be from the 'squee!' school of fandom chat. Wonder if she'll be too much of an Alastair fan as well to really challenge him on the show. 

Also keep thinking about how Hell's Bells is coming up… chin

February 2, 2017
4:51 pm
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SweetAndSour
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1115
Snarking Since:
November 4, 2011

Sarah's squee works better on her stuff with Liz since it's a little more fan culture. But StoryWonk, while fan based, focused on story structure. So it's just a little off for me, but it was only the first episode. So I'll give it a minute. I thought Lani was a nice balance of fandom and critic. 

 

I logged on to Twitter and it does seem very nice of Lani, generous actually, to respond favorably to Alastair taking over StoryWonk. 

 

While we are talking about StoryWonk in general, I just want to say The Lightbulb was always my favorite podcast since it was a random assortment of topics. I was really excited when they brought it back and it was going to be a little more focused, but I guess that ends now. sfun_nopity





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