This has happened three times now, to three different projects. I’ll be working ponderously on something an article/story/novel/whatever (usually article), and then someone will publish an article close enough that I’d just be re-hashing.
Mostly, I don’t mind. It’s my own silly fault. If I turned out the piece faster, I’d have beaten them to it. But if I’m slogging through something, then it’s gonna happen. I groan slightly, and that’s about as far as the angst goes.
I’d been working on an article for SF Signal for something like a month now. It was raelly hard going. It’s already 3,000 words long and I was having trouble rounding out the second half (because I walked away from it for too long to do school/home stuff).
And then Airlock Alpha’s Adaption Addict covers more or less the territory I would have done. Not quite, but close enough that I don’t see where I need to say it further.
So this is a post to say 1) ah well and 2) Go read their article, it’s terrific and smart and I agree with it.