Amazement: it washes warmly over me. A smile lights my face. This past week, I've been so impressed with the TALENTS that some people have.
I just finished reading the novel of another unpublished writer, and it was as-good-or-better than the stuff on the shelves at Borders.
I have the sample sketch from the artist who accepted the commission for the book trailer art.
I've had the book trailer soundtrack song stuck in my head, and I'm still enjoying it.
The talent of these people! Amazing! And yet, none of them has hit it big -- yet. But their work stands out from that of their peers. They have the first parts of the formula: they have the raw talents, and they've been working at their crafts.
They still need the second half: the drive to keep trying, and the luck to get their work in front of the people who can do something about getting it out to the big, wide world.
So, you know who you are. Don't give up. Keep writing/drawing/making music. You are GREAT!
And, someday, I'll brag about how I knew you before you were famous.