Today was going to be the big day. After months of planning, I was finally sitting down to start work on the first chapter of my new action series 'The Platypus of Doom'. Then I discovered that somebody else had got there first (see above). Unbelievable. You have the one truly great idea of your career, only to discover that it's not original.
Yup, 'How to Survive a Robot Uprising' is already out there. No doubt there's a copy in almost every household in the country, kept in that emergency box under the stairs with all the mineral water and duct tape.
Aha! Another genius idea. Wait, let me check whether it's been done before...
Damn. It has:
'Ductigami' - that's how I spent many happy hours of my childhood. And now I find out somebody else has already written the manual.
Doesn't look like there's much left for me to write now. It's all been done.
If only I knew how to come up with something truly original.
If only I knew what people really wanted to read.
And if only I knew how to avoid huge ships.