😈 👼 #GoodOmens: Binge or Cringe? #Review

Did you love Good Omens as much as I did? Did you watch it all in one sititng? Or were you able to spread out the episodes to savor it?

Hey guys! Is Good Omens the story of the best bromance in all of the Universe worthy of an intense 6 episode binge? Or a total cringe? Keep watching to find out!

So I was so, so, so, so freaking excited for Good Omens! I ‘ve been stoked all year for it! I’m not one of those fans that’s been waiting for 28 years for an adaptation of the novel. But I was excited about the writers behind it. I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, although to be honest; I’m not much of a reader, so I haven’t actually read any book version of his works. However, what he’s worked on for Television BIG FAN!

But the series Good Omens did not disappoint! Admittedly, I was mostly super excited for it because David Tennant was in it. I probably would have gotten around to binging the show eventually because of the writers behind it and it looked quirkily delightful, but David Tennant being in it made me over the moon excited for it! I even binged it it all in one sitting! Well, almost one sitting. I saw the first episode late Thursday night after a Tweet from Neil Gaiman on May 30th. Which surprised me, as Amazon promised us May 31st. So of course I had to put sleep on hold and catch the first episode! And then sleep finally got a hold on me, I finished watching the series Friday and as mentioned, did not disappoint!

To be honest, I completely and utterly loved it!

I could have used another episode that was purely Crowley and Aziraphale having a bromance! Sure we get a nice, brilliant even bit of it in episode 3 … but an entire episode of their relationship would have been purely perfect. I loved the Shakespeare bit as it delightful reminder of Doctor Who. And now I truly want a Good Omens & Doctor Who crossover.

Also loved any scene with David Tennant and Michael Sheen together. They really do steal the show, and in the best way! The first couple of episodes were my favorite. It was just a refreshing style of show. The first couple of episodes really have that magical element down. The celestial beings living in modern society. It was very enjoyable watching a demon and an angel being best friends, while enjoying the human comforts of modern society.

The show wasn’t totally perfect, though.

Some bits were rather slow. The setting up of Adam’s friends and the horsemen for example was a bit on the slow side. However, after watching the final episode, it occured to me that Adam’s friends were polar opposites of the four horseman, and I thought that polarisation was brilliant.

My least favorite bit was with the character Shadwell. Apparently, I’m in the minority of this opinion because everyone seems to love the actor Michael McKeen. And the acting was just fine. I just didn’t find his character likeable at all. Especially not after he burned down a beautiful book shop!!! The horror!

And the second half of episode four, minus the harliarus bit with Crowley’s demonic cartoon intervention, felt a bit slow to me. Mostly because there was not enough of Crowley and Aziraphale! Even if Crowley was my true fave, it was not the same without both of them on screen! Their chemistry? Divine perfection!

The bits when they weren’t on the screen together, I found so slow that I was playing Candy Crush Sega on my phone while watching! It just wasn’t the same without them on the screen. Even if God’s narration was very soothing, and the kid playing Adam Young did an amazing job! With his band of friends, I got a Peter Pan vibe from his little gang. I liked how him being normal was the thing that saved the world.

This show is the kind of show you come for the bromance and stay for everything else. It’s kind of like that one cafe you know that has amazing coffee and atmosphere, but you don’t stay too long because of the annoying staff. Or, something like that.

Overall though, this series left me very satisfied. It was incredibly British, so fellow Americans might want to watch with closed captions. Especially with how quickly David Tennant talks in this one, although his accent is very dreamy as always! Yes, though, David Tennant and Michael Sheen totally stole the show in this one. And in the best kind of way!

I’d very much fancy a spin-off of Crowley and Aziraphale having misadventures skiving their angelic and demonic duties and getting away with it. Like, just enjoying life and having adorable tiff’s about what defines good and evil.

But after watching this series, I totally have to read the book now! I was pleased to hear that fans of the book also loved it. It seems critics and fans alike loved the series, and that truly feels like divine intervention because usually the critics don’t get fan-faveorite shows or have something to nitpick! So well done cast & crew of Good Omens, y’all should be VERY proud and thank you so much for such an enjoyable series! I hope to see more in the future!

What did you guys think of the series? Did you binge it all at once? Anything you would’ve changed? Do you think they’ll be a “series 2”? Let’s chat about Good Omens in the comments! And don’t forget to subscribe to join Claire’s Club!

My Graduation Speech to My 2008 Self! What I Wish Someone Would’ve Told Me About Fear!


Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Oops, sorry, wrong introduction am I right?


Hi Claire! This is Claire! You’re future you! The graduation speech to yourself that the laws of physics will never able to allow! But, luckily, on the Internet anything is possible! Even giving speeches to yourself from ten years ago!



Hey, Past Claire! You know, some days I’m really disappointed in you. You’ve let the uncertainties of life dictate your career choice. You didn’t want to go into education, because at the time you were looking into it, you also were reading news headlines of massive teacher strikes and you were worried about job security.



Don’t let the news scare you.


You wanted to be an English major, specifically Shakespeare, but you were worried about what jobs could fall under that category.


Don’t let unknown possibilities scare you.


You thought about sales. You were amazing at sales! In 2008, you were the top third salesperson in the country at New Balance Shoes! Your secret sauce was actually *listening* to the customer!



But you didn’t want the compounding pressure and worried about making numbers every month or year drive you crazy.


Don’t let manager’s expectations scare you.
You didn’t want to do anything with a lot of math and science. Because you were always told you weren’t smart, even by some teachers, and you were scared they might be right.


To this day, we still kind of think that deep down.


Don’t let your haters scare you.


So you decided to be an author. You were a bit scared of not being good enough, because we kind of suck at grammar. Like, a lot! Also, you hid who you were for years. Because you were scared about what they would say based on presumptions and stereotypes.


Don’t let their misunderstandings scare you.


You got yourself publishe. And yeah, your book flopped. Got terrible reviews. Said it was as if written by a sixth grader they did! No matter how much money and time we spent on editing! And you were just about to give up on that, too.


Don’t let negative feedback scare you.


So here is the real advice:
  1. Don’t let fear control you.
  2. Don’t pretend to be someone else to conform.
  3. Spend your money wisely.
  4. Spend your time even more wisely.
  5. Don’t worry so much about being perfect.
  6. Don’t write a story based on what you think readers want, they’ll hate it.
  7. Work hard.
  8. Spread kindness.
  9. Don’t let mentors’ voices get in your head.
  10. Be the own voice in your head.


You keep going, even when you’re scared. You keep going even when you know it won’t make a difference. Because that’s where you’re wrong, inner-voice-Claire.


Would I do anything different? I say I would. But truth is, I’ve been living the same life for so long, I don’t think I’d really change as much as I said I would have done things way different. It’s always hindsight.
But that doesn’t mean my future can’t change. Just because I’ve wasted the last decade, and really the last TWO decades based on what I was worried would happen or what other people led me to believe … doesn’t mean we can waste another ten more years doing the same.


It is time to embrace my true Self, loud and proud! I am a Geek. I am weird. I am a Creative. And I’m obsessed with time. I’m not going to try to be something I’m not, anymore. I’m not going to try and be “normal”.


So if you’re just graduating, or have had graduation on your mind being the time of year of Grad parties, do your past Self a favor and start living the life you dreamt of during your graduation! You owe it to yourself! And if you already are, congratulations! That’s the true graduation gift: living the life you promised yourself all those years ago!


So what advice would you give your past Self at graduation? Share in the comments and let’s chat! Thanks for watching!

6 Proven Tips To Be #AmWriting Even During a Chronic #Migraine Episode #MondayBlogs

Well living with chronic migraines is a tough scenario for anyone. Anyone who has never had a migraine, let alone have them often, should feel fucking BLESSED! Like for real! Migraine pressure is so terrible.

Think throbbing pain. Pulsating pain. Traveling pain. Pain that will last for hours. Pain that can cause vertigo or black-outs. Pain that no one understands unless they also have had migraines or tells you just to ‘suck it up’ like it’s as easy as turning an off switch (hint, it’s really never that easy!). And perhaps the lack of empathy, the feeling of letting others down because you’re stuck in bed is the greatest pain of them all.

But for a writer or a creative, the ability to not create due to such intense pain is very difficult.

So here’s some tips the next time pain or illness has you down and your creative juices stuck on the off switch.

1. Assess the pain: 

This might sound like a strange one, but it’s sometimes hard to tell if one is actually having a migraine. This is because there are different kinds of headaches, and not all are created equal! If it’s simply a headache (which is no picnic either!) chances are, it’ll go away on its own. Try taking an allergy medicine, getting some caffeine or simply not thinking about the pain sometimes helps even though it is hard not to think about the agony of the pain when the state of pain is strong.

Also think about WHERE the pain is because there are some puncture point proceduresyou can do yourself to clear some of the pain away. Check out this video here:

2. Try the Old-Fashioned Remedies before Calling Quits:

  • Drink a couple glasses of water in case the pain is really from dehydration
  • Strong Cup of Tea or Coffee
  • Research some diffuse oils like peppermint or eucalyptus oil
  • Take an EXTRA HOT STEAMING shower, steam has been scientifically proven to aid sinus pressure and headaches
  • Take a hot bath with stress relief bath salts
  • Rub your temples and pressure points (see video above)
  • Try over the counter pills that actually have the word ‘migraine’ on the label
  • Try roll-on pain relievers like these on Amazon
  • Write down when you are experiencing the pain and describe the pain, also write down what you recently ate or if you’re under a lot of stress to help identify triggers
  • Try to relocate to a dark, cool environment if you can
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Meditating sometimes helps at least feel mentally better about the pain
  • Have a good cry; sometimes giving into emotions helps move on from the stress of being in pain

3. See a Doctor:

It’s a good idea to see a doctor and see if it’s something as minor as allergies or double check that it’s not something even more major than a migraine might be an identifier of a more serious problem.

Also be sure to tell the doctor how often you are having migraines, and see if there is a prescription they recommend.

They could also be able to tell you if you have to make any lifestyle changes that could be a leading cause of your migraines.

Important also is to tell your doctor if any foods are a trigger for migraine such as high sodium foods or MSG / highly processed foods.

Also see an allergist make sure there is nothing in your normal environment that could be triggering (like pets, pollen, etc.) This could help PREVENT migraines in the future if you can NARROW DOWN what the triggers are.

Some people swear by Chiropractors and see them often to help prevent a migraine. Massage Therapy also helps relieve tension spots that help relieve the pain of a migraine.

An Ear-Nose-Throat doctor, or ENT, can help determine if the migraines are allergy or sinus related. After I had sinus surgery back in high school, I stopped having migraines so frequently (like, once a day!) but your ENT will let you know if sinus surgery is necessary.

Everyone has different triggers. For me, triggers include stress and second-hand cigarette smoke and sometimes some foods can as well. But be careful, just because salt is a trigger for your friend, doesn’t mean it is the same for you. An allergist can help identify and so can recording in a health journal when and where your migraines occur.

Knowing what triggers your migraines can help prevent them!

4. Allow Yourself a Day Off:

This might be the most difficult bit of advice for some people. Because we spend so much time glorifying the HUSTLE HARD lifestyle as a working creative we forget to RECHARGE our human mind and body, and sometimes our bodies just say ENOUGH or I CAN’T EVEN!

“Patients with migraine instinctively seek out a dark, quiet environment in which they can go to sleep for at least a few hours,” Rozental says. “Sleep frequently diminishes or eliminates the pain.”
~EverydayHealth.com

So go ahead. Take the sick day. Sit back and relax in bed. And try not to feel too guilty about it. 

For me, I felt incredibly guilty about how I spent the weekend – which was sleeping all day Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. I felt like I disappointed the friends I was supposed to meet, and myself for the lack of productivity.

But sometimes we have to let go to move forward, and rest to move on. Migraines are one of those times, because in my experience with them lots of water and lots of rest is the best cure.

5. Rest the Mind:

Creatives are lucky because we don’t always have to be working to be working. That is, when we rest, we often get inspired. And that inspiration can fuel us for a later project!

So go ahead and rest without guilt.

Think of rest as harvesting inspiration 🙂 

And even if you don’t feel inspired, that’s all right. Even creatives need a day off once in a while!

6. Can’t Sleep? TRY To Be Creative Anyway:

Being creative, especially writing, you can pretend to be a different person … like your character. You can pretend that because your character is not you, that you can be like your character and not experience the pain you perceive feel.

Might sound like a little crazy, but with a little imagination, it might just imagine the pain away!

At least until you remember the pain that urged you to write in the first place 😉

There’s Always Tomorrow!

Don’t be like MacBeth and dread the morning. Embrace the morrow with ambition and motivation to get better soon!

“There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
~William Shakepeare
MacBeth Act 5 Scene 5

So a migraine knocked you out for the day. Your friends and family SHOULD be understanding and your characters will totally understand.

A migraine might knock out the best of us, but it can’t keep a good writer down for long!

So go ahead. Tell the pain to SUCK IT. Tell the pain it might take today, but it’ll never take your creativity!

Yeah this might have gotten a little deep at the end but it’s true. Don’t let a bad day ruin your creative stint! Just make up for it when you feel better 🙂

And if you yourSELF can’t be creative, maybe try and inspire someone else who can.

If you’re having a bad day, try and cheer someone else who can have an even better day. Even if the pain will make you feel like you suck as a creative, the day won’t feel like a total waste if you can make someone else smile or feel inspired!

So got any MIGRAINE TIPS of your own? Share in the comments to save a life creative day!

Back to the Basics! BLOGGING! Or – why I don’t have a fancy URL anymore.

Why do I have a long ass url in 2018 for my home blog? Why am I starting over? Read to find out!

Greetings!

Well, it’s been an interesting blogging journey for me for sure.

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Back in 2012 I started a little blog called Life, Muse and Coffee. It was a successful enough blog when I kept up with it. It had musings, coffee reviews, author interviews, book interviews, writing tips, writing updates Steampunk goodness and random crap in between. And it was a wordpress.com site and it was awesome.

Then in 2014 I decided to get fancy. I wanted the plugins. So I switched to wordpress.org. I hated it.

I missed the social aspects of the wordpress.com Plain and simple.

What social aspects of wordpress.com?

Well, the sharing feature, the like feature, and I don’t know why but I always got more comments on my wordpress.com site versus the other one.

And most importantly: the community feature 

Because my blog is really about you guys. The community. Us authors, creatives and geeks got to stick together! 

So I’m starting over. I’m pretending I’m a brand new blogger, bravely peeking her head awkwardly into the scary world of the internet. It’s terrifying, and also a little bit exciting.

I’ve been divided on my focus the last few years. Trying to get taken off on YouTube, Instagram and blogging no wonder I’ve been going mad. I’m going back to the basics. Forget fancy editing. Forget fancy makeup. Forget flair on the blog. I’m going back to 2012.

Because 2012 Claire was fearless. She didn’t care as much about doing it right. She didn’t care about fancy widgets, plug-in’s and SEO.

2012 Claire was passionate and excited about her writing. She had a million ideas and was connecting with other writers of the internet. Then 2013 Claire got bad to advise that it’s the readers that matter, and don’t get focused on the other writers. Then she got obsessed on trying to be like the readers.

But I’m not an avid reader. And I’m not like the other bloggers. And I’m not fancy like the other YouTubers.

I am me. And I’m going back to the basics. I’m going back to 2012.

I’m going back to the passion!

So that’s it. That’s why I have a long-ass url in 2018. With BITLY I figured it doesn’t really matter. Even without BITLY, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is the content. What matters is the consistency. What matters is the passion.

But what matters most is YOU GUYS.

So let’s do this together! Let’s start a community of mad, passionate creative people who want less flair and more heart and go back to the basics, together.

Join me, won’t you?

Hit that subscribe button, and we’ll take the journey of creativity together!

So until next time, stay creative!