Recently I was going through some old WIPs and re-reading some posts I'd done, trying to get some ideas. I was shocked. I read the posts and works and was like... I wrote that? When was I that talented? I've managed to shock myself several times, looking back on works that I'd written and never done anything with. At the time I'd think this isn't any good, I'll stick it aside and maybe cannibalize it later. I do this with works I'm not happy with. Then I'll get on one of my kicks and start re-reading stuff I'd written and be shocked by how good it is. Then I'll be all like what the heck was I thinking? This is good... Now this doesn't always happen but when it does I'm usually shocked and kinda in awe of myself. I think this has to do with the fact I'm my hardest critic. No reviewer could be as hard on my work as I am and if they are well then that's one mean reviewer.
So today I'm wondering, are there other authors like this? Have any of you re-read something and thought what was I thinking either good or bad? Have you ever thought am I really this good, in total surprise?