I voted today, early style. Got a sticker. I suppose it's time to take down the Halloween decorations, but I don't wanna. Partly because I'm feeling lazy, but mostly because some years the Halloweeniness doesn't kick in until right at Halloween, or right after. After weeks of horror movies on TV, now I'm ready. But it has already passed. And I only got three trick-or-treaters. And they didn't even have costumes. A sad, sad state of affairs.
Speaking of horror, I caught the start of the second season of American Horror Story, and I would like to register a complaint! Oh, not about the show, that seems okay so far as these things go. The problem is that the creepy asylum the show is set in is named Briarcliff. Now, I've made mention of a horror novel I've been writing off and on for years. It is set in a creepy hospital that was once an asylum. And the hospital's name? Briar Ridge! Briar Ridge... Briarcliff. A ridge is like a cliff, and they both have briars. Aagh! What are the odds of that? I hate when that happens. Now I'm afraid people will think I stole parts of the story from the TV show, even though I started writing this years ago. Oh, bother. And this isn't the first time. You know that Human Centipede movie? I've had an idea of a story involving that basic theme, though with a far different plot, for decades. I might have never written it - I have lots of ideas that never make it to fruition - but now if I ever do write it I'll seem like a copycat. A regular Johnny-come-lately!
I suppose it's not a big deal. I mean, there are hardly any original concepts in this big old world. Every story is but a reiteration with a different take, no matter how originally they were inspired. But, seriously.. Briarcliff??