Thank you everyone for talking me off the fic cliff...
Ugh, now that’s all said and done, I do feel a bit silly… I think I was just in panic reaction mode when I discovered the other story. There was even art that was similar to what a friend had offered to make for me so I was hit with a gut reaction of OH NO!! ABORT!! ABORT!!
But yes, you are all right. We are all playing in the same sandbox and telling a collective fiction. It’s inevitable that stories and ideas will align and cross from time to time. And I do think that what separates the stories is how we come to it. I know I’ve told others this. Only you can tell your own story, and bring to it your own views and turns and things.Why I don’t listen to my own advice is another thing… (And to my knowledge, their story doesn’t start with a spreader bar…)
Honestly, by the time I write that one (it’s the epic one after the one I’m currently editing) I bet you that only I will see the similarities… *of course*