Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The End


After much pondering, your faithful correspondent has decided it is time to move on.  Thank you so much for being wonderful readers, for your many wonderful comments, and even the not-so-wonderful comments.  A Fashionista could not ask for more.

Ciao, Elisa & Fletcher

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Giveaway of The Abortionist's Daughter, Sept. 4-7!!


Out of the goodness of my heart, and because I do not need the money, I am giving away FREE copies on Amazon Kindle of my novel, The Abortionist's Daughter! 

September 4-7!

At Amazon

Rave Review at fatchic.net

So far there have been a number of 5 and 4 star reviews!  As well there should be.

To recap:

It’s 1916 and Melanie Daniels, the prettiest girl in Mullers Corners, New York, and daughter of the town’s doctor, dreams of making a brilliant marriage. But scandal has doomed her dreams. Six years ago a woman died while receiving an abortion from Melanie’s father, and now that “the killer doc” is back from prison, Mullers Corners won’t forgive and won’t let Melanie forget her family’s disgrace.

Angry at both her father and the town, Melanie is easily swayed by a charming stranger who arouses mysterious new feelings in her and begs her to run away with him to New York City. Neither the stranger nor her life in the big city turn out to be what Melanie expects, and soon the twists of fate lead her into a new life in the less-than-respectable world of the theater--and a new understanding of her own womanhood and her father’s crime. Filled with vivid scenes of backstage life and fascinating vignettes of long-ago society, fashion, and mores, The Abortionist’s Daughter explores the challenges of being a woman in early 20th century America with drama, passion, and wit.

Seven Canary Cottage Girls, Burlesque, 1916

A major page turner! I took great pleasure in yelling (in my head) "No! Don't do it!" as Melanie makes one bad decision after another. I was reminded at times of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; in all three of these works, a woman attempts to assert herself in the few ways possible according to the norms of the society of the time. But how much ambition is too much? Also, it would be easy for a book that features a doctor that performs abortions to come across as having some sort of political agenda, but characterization and storytelling are clearly the focus here, and the result is brilliant. (4 stars)

Don't start reading this wonderful tale if you have anything else to do for a while. It will grab you and keep you enthralled. Well written with strong characters and an illuminating insight into the era More please!! (4 stars)

Whether or not you are in possession of a uterus, as you can plainly see you need this book in your life.   This promotion ONLY runs through September 7th.  After that, you will sob bitterly because you missed this golden opportunity.  I can assure you of that.


Elisa & Fletcher

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The GOP Strategy For Abortion


Your faithful correspondent thinks that perhaps this expresses the Republican Party's views on women's reproductive issues:

Ciao, Elisa &Fletcher

Monday, August 20, 2012

Au Revoir For Now, Dahlings


As you have no doubt noticed, this blog has been much less lively for the past year or so.

Sometimes one's interests change. I have lavishing my brilliance on my wonderful readers for six years... Your faithful scrivener needs to take a break. Possibly a long break.

The shallowness that has borne me aloft for so long is showing the cracks; I am actually beginning to care a bit about the hoi polloi, as long as they are not my staff.

Let someone else write droolingly about New York Fashion Week.  Let someone else carry the plus-size banner. I am still plus-sized and proud, but again, I need a hiatus. It has become wearisome to be outraged.  However, there will be my website, if Leo ever gets around to finishing it; this blog has also been moved to Wordpress. 

I shall remain on Twitter, because, frankly, how could you all survive without me?

I shall see you all there, and in the meantime, eat like there's no tomorrow and damn the media!

Elisa & Fletcher

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Macaulay Culkin Defends Himself Against The National Enquirer


I was shocked--SHOCKED--to read about the National Enquirer claiming, with its usual subtlety, "Macaulay Culkin To Be Dead In Six Months!"  With that sort of prescience, I want to know what their stock picks are.

In any event, your faithful correspondent went digging, and found Culkin making his defense:

In actuality, Culkin is researching the part of Trevor Reznik, first played by Christian Bale, in "The Machinist."  (Look it up.)

Elisa & Fletcher

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Hot Sunday Means Hot Men - Meet Dick Fudge!


We've gotten a new computer at chez Fashionista, and it has been no END of trouble! Leo has been reduced to tears so often that I have set up tissue boxes in six different areas of the office, as WELL as the entrance hall. Sometimes the mere idea of facing the sleek black monster is too much for the lad. However, I felt you deserved something for this bestially hot Sunday.


 Enjoy a cold cocktail, air conditioning, and a companion of whatever sex you prefer.

 Ciao, Elisa & Fletcher

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In Honor of The Olympics: Chariot of Eggs!


In honor of the Olympics, taking place as I write in, er, is it London?  Somewhere in Great Britain, I know that much.  This is SCTV's "Race Of Eggs."  It is inspirational in the extreme.

It stars Dave Thomas, Catherine O' Hara and Andrea Martin as the American team, and Darryl Hall and John Oates representing Britain! Me thinks Her Majesty The Queen would enjoy it. In particular, ogling H and O in their tight white running costumes. (She's married, but she's not dead, as they say.)


Elisa & Fletcher

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I Was In Aurora, Colorado Last Weekend


I wanted to let you know, my faithful readers, that on the night of the shooting spree in Aurora Colorado, yours truly was ten minutes away at a nearby hotel.  As a favor to a male companion, I accompanied him on vacation, the latter part spent at an (ugh) youth conference.

Ever generous, I allowed myself to be introduced to the adults and ignored the younguns.  Thursday night was the opening ceremony, copious amounts of alcohol and comestibles were consumed, and the adults went to bed.

The next morning, my male companion informed me of what had happened the night before.  Twelve teenagers from our group were in the movie theater at the time of the shooting.  One young man had been shot and was in the hospital, along with his parents.  (Fortunately, a flesh wound.)

That is all I have to write upon the matter.  Later on I might write about it in more detail, or weigh in on the larger issues  But for the moment I am simply trying to come to grips with the memories of last weekend.

Oh, and if you are not in favor of gun control, I will not publish your idiotic comments.

Elisa & Fletcher

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vintage Clothes and Sex, Part Two!


My daring, spicy novel "The Abortionist's Daughter" is now not only available on Amazon Kindle!  You can now buy a copy at Smashwords.com.  This company publishes in a myriad of formats!

Available ebook reading formats

You have purchased this book. How to download ebooks to e-reading devices and apps.
Format Full Book
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PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
RTF (readable on most word processors) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don't support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download
Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting) Download
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page) View

Here is the link:

And of course, Amazon:

Ziegfeld star Dolores, as photographed by Abbe

Reviews (and not just Amazon!)

    • I wanted to tell you that I read The Abortionist's Daughter, and I loved it! What a page turner. I took great pleasure in yelling (in my head) "No! Don't do it!" as Melanie made one bad decision after another. The turn of the century small town girl making it as an actor aspect reminded me of Sister Carrie a little bit. The motif of a woman attempting to assert herself in the few ways possible according to the norms of the society of her time reminded me a little of Madame Bovary -- the idea that we applaud a character with a certain amount of ambition but that ambition can also lead to some bad decision making. Obviously, however, the end of Bovary is very different than The Abortionist's Daughter! This was the first book I have ever read in its entirety on my phone, on the Kindle app, and it was great because I always had it with me and could read a few pages any time I had a tiny bit of time. I saw your post on Facebook a while back that the book was available, and that's what led me to get it. So thanks for a great read!

      This review is from a man, mind you. Here are a sampling of Amazon reviews:

      Don't start reading this wonderful tale if you have anything else to do for a while. It will grab you and keep you enthralled. Well written with strong characters and an illuminating insight into the era.
      More please!! (4 stars)

      Ms. DeCarlo's ability to take difficult subject matter, and put it in a setting that makes it both entertaining and easier to read is a skill I've seen in few other authors. She keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen to the main character, and after you're done, you feel emotionally drained and elated. Well worth the investment of time!  (5 stars)

      Elisa DeCarlo captures the early 20th century with a great amount of detail. You get a real sense of place in the Adirondacks and later in New York City. I feel like I can identify with the character of Melanie, as different as the character's life was. The subject matter also seems very timely today with all the debate about not only abortion, but even contraception now. As intolerant as those times may seem, things haven't really changed that much in a lot of ways. The story segues from Melanie's life in a small town into describing the Broadway theater world of the early 20th century. Being a theater buff myself it was a lot of fun to read. Really a delightful book overall and the plot was consistently interesting and the characters seemed very true to life. I ended up falling in love with Melanie and her friend Mercedes and rooting for them both all the way. I hope there's a sequel! (5 stars)


      In short, ma belle, adorable, disciples intelligents, what are you waiting for? $3.99 at both sites.  Great literature at a potboiler price, because I do not need the money.  This price is from the goodness of my heart.

      Happy reading!

      Elisa & Fletcher

Friday, July 06, 2012

Sex Creates The Wrong Kind of Sweat!


During these sweltering days, everyone but me is sweating.  (I don't sweat, I glow.)   Acording to the fine minds at Arrid, there are certain types of sweating to avoid at all costs!

Gentlemen, whenever you see a young lady with sweat under her arms, you may assume she's hot to trot.

(One wonders what those bigger, more powerful glands are!)


Elisa & Fletcher

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy July 4th!


I decided to eschew the usual American flag, patriotic family business in favor of my favorite subject: HOT MEN!

My apologies for any political incorrectness, but we were fighting a war.  This is addressed to "Mr. Tojo"  and saying that grapefruit juice help the Marines teach the Japs to remember Pearl Harbor.

That's enough patriotism for one day.

Have a lovely holiday blowing things up and eating hot dogs!

Ciao, Elisa & Fletcher (who is deathly afraid of fireworks and will pee in terror all over the apartment)

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Cool Off On A Hot Tuesday!


It's another hot day in New York City. One hopes to escape to ones oceanfront mansion in the Hamptons, else one goes stark, staring mad. (As indeed most of the residents of my neighborhood have, if the shirtless, shoeless muttering men are anything to go by. Be grateful nobody is chewing off anyone's face in public.)

So a bit of cooling, brought to you by Conoco.

I do hope this one doesn't get me accused of being an American gay rapist...although one never knows, does one?

Elisa & Fletcher

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Even Back Then, Corn Syrup Was Good For You!


I am well aware that I am  not writing.  But rather than recycle old posts, it's more fun to provide these vintage ads (even the ones without sexy men).  I'm far too busy flogging my novel, "The Abortionist's Daughter" , available at fine e-platforms everywhere.

Your faithful correspondent's favorite part is that they are trying to pass it off as honey. Bee Hive, my perfectly shaped behind.

Ciao, Elisa & Fletcher

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hot Thursday, Army Style!


Consider this my way to support our troops!

The top reads: "True Towel Tales: Told Us By A Doctor In The Medical Corps."  Happy Doctor!

The butt on the man in the front should be BRONZED!


Elisa & Fletcher