“A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.” Holly Golightly

For those with lipstick, click here.


Her book reads like “The Jet Set” episode of Mad Men, when Don finds himself immersed in the desert, in a world of modern glass, pools and morals, peopled by lovely, languid denizens whose talents lie in false conversation and relationships. Yes, the book is about Hollywood.

The story is cynical, with varying scruples carried in each character’s pocket for all to see and steal. There are innocents, there are the guilty, and most interestingly there are those that try to stay innocent or to hide their guilt.

And to finish, let me just say that I had not read 10 pages before I came across this line of dialogue:

“Could you be angling to be my muse, Mr. Nelson?”

Muse-status just isn’t being discussed enough nowadays.

The League of Extraordinary Ladies | Aubrey’s Blog.


I also would like to link to my friend Elyse’s blog, because you wouldn’t be reading my blog today if it weren’t for her. Let me explain, I’ve been taking a break, working on the novel (and my house) and I haven’t been paying attention to the Internet and social media. It turns out I let my domain registration expire five days ago and if wonderful Elyse hadn’t alerted me it would have disappeared — all four years worth of photos and essays about Hollywood history and my as-it-happened musing about publishing my first novel — all gone beyond where my (limited) technical abilities would have been able to retrieve it. Thank you, Elyse!


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  1. April 4, 2016

    Awwww shucks. M’am, I ain’t never been nobody’s muse before. That absolutely must be a quote from a movie. Or it will be! Glad to help out. I didn’t know it was that serious, actually. Just thought it was a bit wonky and you’d want to fix it.

    Of course anybody following you to me will be reading about a Poo Museum. But life is like that.

    • April 5, 2016

      Elyse, you saved me. All this work would have gone right down the tubes if you hadn’t alerted me before my 10 day grace period had elapsed.
      Thank you!

      • April 5, 2016

        Sure thing. I would hate for all that to get lost!

  2. George Kaplan
    April 5, 2016

    Let’s hear it for Ms Elyse – “THANK YOU AND HOORAY!”

  3. Ana Roland
    April 5, 2016

    THANK YOU ELYSE! I love this blog. It would have been too heartbreaking to contemplate what was thankfully averted…

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