Category Archives: Family Guy

It’s Okay to Feel Guilt and Shame About Feeling Guilt and Shame

Which is weird, I know, in the current societal norms of being unapologetic, guilt-free, and shameless. But hear me out.

I feel guilty about liking V. C. Andrews novels. They are problematic on so many levels: virgin-shaming, slut-shaming, victim-blaming, incest, using religion to harm others, harming/killing people via arsenic or being pushed down stairs… But I still look forward to reading the next one, and I feel guilty about that.

I feel guilty about liking Family Guy. Problematic: all the bodily fluids, the rape jokes, the shaming of all different varieties, the representation of certain groups… But I still look forward to reading the next one, and I feel guilty about that.

I feel guilty about liking “Blurred Lines”. Mind you, I really DON’T like the lyrics or music video, but I DO like the instrumentation and melodies/harmonies. But because of the problematic elements, I feel guilty about liking the non-problematic elements.

Or would it be more of an outrage if I liked something WITHOUT recognising that some/all of it is problematic?

It’s okay to have pleasures, but it’s also okay to recognise, acknowledge, and NAME them as GUILTY pleasures.

You may feel unapologetic, guilt-free, and shameless. But others may not, and that’s okay, too.

I’m Tez Miller, and sometimes I feel guilt and shame about my apathy. But sometimes I DON’T feel guilt or shame, and that’s okay, too.

South Park & Family Guy: On Elections, Voting & Politics

Today is Australia’s federal election. The following quotes about elections, voting and politics come from South Park and Family Guy. They may not be the funniest quotes, but they certainly are true.

“…it’s always between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. Nearly every election since the beginning of time has been between some douche and some turd. They’re the only people who suck up enough to make it that far in politics.”

“…undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet.”

“Politics does terrible things to good people.”

Be sure to read up on the two episodes, “Douche and Turd” and “It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One”:

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Of Family Guy & Writing in Public

New Zealand author Maree Anderson issued me with a very vague topic (something readerly or writerly), and a certain episode of Family Guy I watched during the week inspired my topic choice.

And no, it didn’t involve Stewie asking, “How are you going on that novel?”

Read Of Family Guy & Writing in Public

Why Writing in Public is Tossy

From here:

Meg: [typing on a laptop] Don’t mind me, you guys. I’m just writing a letter to my boyfriend. [types aloud] “Dear My Boyfriend, thank you for making out with me recently on purpose. That was cool. Those flowers that you totally sent me were really pretty. Just like you said I am. Love, Meg.”
Chris: Meg, you are so full of crap. You’re like those people who sit in Starbucks and publicly write on their laptops.
[Cutaway to Starbucks, where 2 men are typing on their own laptops]
Man 1: Hey, gettin’ some writing done there, buddy?
Man 2: Yeah, settin’ up in public so everybody can watch me type my big screenplay.
Man 1: Me too. All real writers need to be seen writing, otherwise, what’s the point, right?
Man 2: You should totally write that down.
Man 1: Okay. Will you watch me?

Family Guy, “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey” episode.

RT Explained Simply

You may have heard of a certain con going on in Florida right now. Books + Booze = Peter Griffin demonstrates πŸ˜‰

Vampire Dogs, Silly Names & Fab Film Trailer

Manny with Jeri Smith-Ready’s Bad to the Bone here. Cat does not approve of vampire dog. I do, because I haven’t read about vampire animals before now, thus Jez is unique, original and creative.

From DeepEight: Silly names. If you’re having trouble naming your Rock Band, this should surely help. “Norman Conquest” is actually quite clever. “Seraphim Hooker” could be a Mark Henry character – if he has leftover time from writing about celebrity ghouls and impotent incubi πŸ˜‰ As for “Rogers Boys”…that’s just traumatising.

Peter Griffin tried to destroy this film. But it looks like fun! πŸ™‚

Short Notes

What People Typed into Google to Get to My WordPress
*bitchtree – I don’t remember writing this word, but I think it’ll be my new favourite insult: “Stop being such a freaking bitchtree!”
*family guy adam west and paul – Well, enjoy the video I found πŸ™‚

Jennifer Armintrout’s Princess of Dorkness Cast, Episode #3
Shenanigans in France’s Euro Disney World. May include traces of arse-pinching. And duty is funnier to hear in an American accent, as any Peter Griffin fan will tell you πŸ˜‰

Author PODcast

I’m not one for podcasts, but here’s one I’ll definitely be following: Jennifer Armintrout’s Princess of Dorkness Cast. (Just add the link to your GoogleReader or whatnot to stay updated.) “Princess of Dorkness” is what the “pod” in “podcast” stands for by the way. Some would say it’s the same POD in “Print on Demand”, but I can assure you that Jen is published by a proper publisher (Harlequin MIRA) worldwide.

Her Blood Ties series works for me because of the humour, and by that I mean “wit”. I know witty, wise-cracking protags are de rigeur, but Carrie’s witticisms don’t seem forced, and that’s because the author is genuinely funny on her own. Believe me, I’m wary of humour in fiction, because when someone’s trying to be funny, but they’re not actually funny…comes across as lame. Humour is objective of course, so I’m the kind of person who generally stays away from novels with puns in their titles. My idea of humour is Family Guy, American Dad and South Park – the writers are so smart, and their social commentary is apt. Then there are the memorable characters…

*ahem* Anyway, Jen’s PODcast will be about whatever she feels like talking about, or what her readers/listeners suggest. The first PODcast is online now, and amongst the topics is NaNoWriMo. I’m not a NaNo fan anymore, because I realised this year that it’s more about competition, like who can get to 50,000 first. I much prefer the 70 Days of Sweat, because everyone’s goals are different, so there’s no direct competition – just a lot of genuine support.

And NaNo tends to bring out…people who think 200,000 words is a novel. No, that’s two novels. And then there’re those who talk about their characters as if they’re real people. Mostly my problem is the people who only blog about their writing, and nothing else. That’s so close-minded, because even if you spend all day writing, you do still have opinions about food, TV, society and whatnot. To blog strictly about your characters seems kind of obnoxious…or maybe the blogs I’m following have content that I’m not privy to πŸ˜‰

If you only want to follow one author’s podcast, make it this one. Audio only, no video.

Today’s Purchase

Anyway, I tried to help the publishing industry by buying a book today. Okay, I lied – I really just bought the book because I wanted it. Selfish, aren’t I? I would’ve bought more – there were two other books I would’ve definitely bought had they been on shelf, but alas…

Yeah, so I snagged the only copy on the shelf of Marianne Mancusi’s Razor Girl. So now I can stare at the gorgeous art whenever I freaking want πŸ™‚ I asked about the state of Liz Maverick’s Irreversible, and while it was on their computer database, apparently no Borders store in Victoria has any copies yet. And even more unfortunately, A. J. Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5 was not even in the database yet. I’ll try again in a month or two, or maybe I’ll just order them from Romance Direct (I think I have some loyalty dollars to spend). But not now – must finish purchasing Christmas presents. Then we’ll see…

Bill Clinton’s Cat

Thanks to the White House’s website, you can check out the Presidential Pets from 1959-2000. This is Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks. Looks a bit stressed, but you would too if your owner was going around like this.