Yes, to a certain degree.
I'd like to think that I'm a pretty good photographer, my drawing ability is slightly above average, and my fan fiction has gotten high-praise from time to time, so, yeah, I consider myself an artist.
Quit my job.
A big batch of chocolate chip cookies and a full mug of M&M tea.
Not during, but definitely after. They're free, they've done their time, and if a publisher wants to pay them for it, I see no problem with a…