I would love that emoji! I have no idea how to do emojis on Medium, though I’m certain there must be a way.
I’m a hyper focuser, as well, so I understand. My suggestion is go ahead and respond, and then copy your response into a draft for a new story and tweak it until if feels really right. And then publish. You can give a shout out to the author of the original story that inspired you and even a link to it, like I did in my menopause story.
Many more people will read the exact same thing if it is a story instead of a response. And make sure it has an intriguing title — that really helps. And a good photo or illustration. Let me know if you need tips about that.
All hail women writers! We must stick together and support each other ❤