Wearing Drapes: An IWSG Post

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 60 Comments




Maroon 5's Adam Levine has taken plenty of pokes for his half time show. I'm guilty of being a poker myself. When he stripped off his shirt, I was like, "Son, put your clothes back on. You're going to miss your Gone with the Wind moment!"

Scarlet wore the drapery and it was epic.

Cleverly spotted by Mo Sanchez. So glad he tweeted!

So, what does this have to do with writer insecurity? As word artists we have to be ready to take the same punches to the creative chin as anyone else. How many times do we want to curl up in fetal position over a bad review or a harsh critique?

It's okay. Let it ride and keep on working. If criticism can happen to ripped guys who like to over share their nipples, it can happen to anyone.


This month's optional question:
What other creative outlets do I have besides writing?

Artistically, I have the creative talents of a third grader. I mean no offense to third graders. I'm sure their talents surpass mine, although I do make a mean collage. 
My most recent Scotch-tape collage from the inside of my daily planner. A sort of vision board to remind me of my goals. 


Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and this month's Co-Hosts:  Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!  The IWSG is an online group that offers advice, education , support, encouragement, and networking possibilities to writers at any stage in of their writing career. 



60 comments:

  1. Not something I wanted to see. Even worse with the tats.

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  2. I'm pretty sure my young niece and nephew are better artists than I am. :)

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  3. I heard on the radio that the person who designed the shirt used to work in the upholstery business. (Not a joke.)

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  4. Ha! Ha! Mine are at about a five-year-old level, especially with drawing and painting.

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    1. I'm working on getting to the five year old level.

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  5. My daughter is in 3rd grade! She keeps saying how she wants to be an artist when she grow up. Luckily, she has fantastic management skills she'll be able to fall back on in case that doesn't work out.

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    1. Every dream needs a fall back and every regular life needs a dream.

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  6. I'm not sure which is worse... with the shirt or without. LOL

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    1. Now, I'm not saying he hasn't worked hard and looks good shirtless. I'm just saying he could have caught a cold.

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  7. Sometimes we have to wear the drapes. ;)

    I don't know if it's just me, but your post as a whole lot of white space at the bottom. I just wanted to let you know.

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    1. Thanks Chrys! You are right. There was A LOT of space. No idea why, but I deleted it.

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  8. Some third grade art is amazing. I'm put to shame.
    And Chrys is right. The space between your content and comments is looooong!

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    1. That's what happens when you right posts at 3:00am

      Thanks, I fixed it. Maybe I fell asleep on the space bar? Who knows.

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  9. I, for one, enjoyed your creative use of white space. The drapery pic is priceless.

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    1. That's it! It was meant for reflection. I wish I'd read your comment first. I wouldn't have fixed it. LOL

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    1. Wasn't that hilarious? He might be regretting it a bit, but he should probably roll with it. I can't even remember who performed the last few years, but I will always remember that. Wearing the drapes always equals epic moments.

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  11. haha have to take those punches indeed. My 2 year old nephews are better at art than I'll ever be.

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    1. We can let them have the art. Tell those kids to conjugate their vowels and then we can laugh at their skills.

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    1. Add Elmer's glue and you have decoupage...I should have mentioned that!

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  13. Your collage is very nice. You don't give yourself enough credit😉.

    Criticism is hard. I do struggle with it. But I just need tougher skin.

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    1. No one likes to be criticized. But when I catch myself being the critic, I realize that I hardly ever mean it and most times, I'm just making a joke. But it's still a criticism, even if it isn't personal.

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  14. I'm with you on the artistic scale. I'm very good at stick men though.

    Your collage is great!

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    1. You win, then. My stick men are crooked and my happy faces looked possessed.

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  15. I love the collage! That's actually a good idea for something creative I could do that wouldn't take up much space.

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    1. Someone told me to make a vision board of what is important to me and what I would want to work on. My house is about to burst at the seams from too much stuff, so I put my "board" where it's out of the way and seen daily.

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  16. I don't understand the need to strip down like that, and yeah, I just wanted him to put the clothes back on too, but to each his own. I've tried and tried the art thing. I'm simply no good, but I found a box of my mother's early work. She's amazing, especially with portraits, and surprisingly her early work looks a lot like my early work, and sadly my 'now' work. :)

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    1. My dad was an artist. He could paint, sculpt, sew. You name it, he could do it. I missed that gene too.

      Hey, if I ever had abs that sweet, I'd probably want to show them off too.

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  17. I think it's the pink guitar that gets me the most. It looks like my daughter's plastic one!

    Nothing wrong with collaging... a fine art!

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    1. I didn't even notice the guitar...too distracted by the abs I guess.

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  18. Returning the visit Elizabeth, thank you! Blessings✨

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  19. Haha, if an obviously attractive, internationally famous singer covered in tattoos can be mocked then we all can be mocked, for sure! I love your healthy attitude about it.

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    1. EXACTLY! Can you imagine how much work he puts into that body and prep for the performance...and we still take pokes. No one can escape the critics.

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  20. I think my almost 4-yr-old granddaughter is more creative than I am. LOL Kids don't have an inhibitions. They color and it's perfect. It must be since Grandma hangs it on her refrigerator. :)

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    1. There needs to be a museum of fine child art. I bet it would be more interesting than a trip to the MoMA.

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  21. What a cool collage! Hey, if that rockstar wanted to save money and use draperies, well, why not? :P

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    1. With a body like that, you really can make anything look good.

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  22. ROFL, Oh no, when Adam Levine took off that shirt I was like take it off, take it off, why don't you perform like that on The Voice. I love Maroon 5 so big fan, so bias. Happy IwSG!

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    1. My sister was right there with you. LOL. I do love Maroon 5's music and thought they sounded good.

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  23. I didn’t see any of it and was glad, after hearing all the feedback. I agree with you, but I’m not very thick skinned, so have to take time to prepare myself and allow myself to really hear what I’m being told. I try to grow from it, even if it hurts. Maybe especially if it hurts!

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    1. It wasn't a bad show. Some were better, many were worse.

      It is important to grow that thick skin. People can be mean. Shoot, I just made fun of the man's shirt.

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  24. Got to love drapes...but wow, that shirt.

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  25. I didn't care for the entire half-time-show. I never was a Maroon 5 fan. Adam Levine seems like a nice guy. I'll give him that.

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  26. I absolutely did NOT enjoy the half-time show. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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  27. I have to agree with Nick, the pink guitar is a bit much. Lol... Not into sports, so I didn't see the half-time show.

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    1. I didn't even notice the pink guitar. Heck, I didn't even noticed he had a guitar. Maybe I was enjoying more than I was letting on. LOL

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  28. "If criticism can happen to ripped guys who like to over share their nipples, it can happen to anyone." This made me literally laugh out loud. I love it.

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    1. It's too true. No one is safe. Best to just get prepared at the start.

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  29. Yeah, wasn't my cup of tea, but I respect him putting himself out there. He definitely can sing at least:)

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  30. Laughter abounded, in our home, during the half-time show. I love your collage.

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    1. Thanks! I had to cut out those pictures all by myself with big girl scissors. LOL

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