I was originally going to put this in the Not Happy Thread but as I went on a little longer than I intended, I thought maybe it deserved its own post...and others have experienced something similar. Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery? I'm a bit annoyed at a friend right now and I'm not really sure if my feelings are justified. It started about 3 years ago when she found out I made and sold jewelry on etsy. She opened her own shop a few weeks later trying to sell self-made kids clothes. Then I was featured in a couple art fairs/craft shows, nothing big and my booth was always provided for me, and a few months later she shelled out 3k for her own professional stand at some big local event or fair in her area. When I've posted my photography or paintings, it's not long before she does the same. Now, a couple days ago a mutual friend said something to me about my writing aspirations and I wasn't even aware she knew about them. It's not something I publicize, my twitter is networking only - no friends or fam, my blog is only a month old and again, not advertised online to those I know, only a couple others from a private "moms" Facebook group even know what I work on, and our mutual friend is not apart of that and never has been. Writing is not a secret that I'm hiding, but not something I bring up unless asked about either. So, my friend (who seems to pursue similar endeavors to me used to be apart of the moms group but is no longer) just posted on Facebook about her new writing adventure, in my main genre, being available on kindle as of today. I was completely taken aback. Now, we are either kindred spirits of some kind and this is all coincidental or she is constantly doing things I do trying to one-up me, which it feels like. All I hear in my head is "anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you." LOL I realize how ridiculous this sounds but it really bugs me! I don't wish her failure at all but it really feels like she is passive-aggressively competing with me. I can't be certain that she knows about my writing but from what I've gathered, someone in the moms group must've had said something to my copy-cat friend for our mutual friend, who is not apart of the group and never was, to know...and it all comes to light to me just days before this big book reveal. I'm just like, "really, again?" Follow all that? If not, I apologize...I'm still a little flustered. Anyway, I clicked her link and read the synopsis and thought it was pretty poorly written and overpriced...that made me feel a little better. Naughty, sunsplash!