Having people or publications you respect express their admiration of your work is a great gift. Seeing a project begin to take shape in your hands can give you the last burst of excitement you need to make it to the finish. There is no substitute for good friends. And friends that send good mail should never be let go. Seeing others give the gift of their stories and presence on a stage before strangers is the ultimate inspiration. Sometimes people think you are helping them, but the opportunity to contribute gives you something they can't imagine.