Regarding "talent"... I agree that there are those that can, and those that can't. But I am a very firm believer that anyone can better themselves in whatever hobby or profession they seek.
Personally I never thought I could draw. Growing up, I always fell into the camp of "non artistic" kids. I felt that it was just something I didn't have. But it was something I wished that I had. Coming back literally 4 feet from being in a body bag in 2011, I decided that I would pursue everything I wanted out of life. One was to become a descent artist. Laying in the hospital I began to draw stick figures. I know that my art still suffers from my lack of experience and practice, but I am still striving for that professional look.
I guess I just want to say that anyone can get better at anything as long as they want to, and as long as they follow through. So if there are any potential/wishful artists or writers out there, practice your trade! If you lack talent now, there is hope.
I have to say Thom, I am looking forward to reading your little mini series!!!