Please please someone tell me what to do about this:
I never thought it would happen, but it has.
I am kind of beside myself.
To continue after having a minute to calm down, I am devastated. When a beloved customer alerted me to the copying I thought, "Wow! This is exciting!" until I saw her work, saw that four or five design ideas had been lifted directly from my own: she had traced them somehow, perhaps via the computer screen.
Dog collar colorations and font.
The beloved koi.
That's the one I cannot stop crying over: that's my baby, the result of so much drawing, wishing and hoping when I first began this journey three years ago.
Do I have to give it up?
Is there nothing that can protect me?
Am I screaming into a void?