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The cover for my new e-mystery Silent Murder

 

 

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This is the cover for my new e-book to be published on Amazon Kindle before the end of the month. I love the cover because it takes place in the summer of 1927 before  “The Jazz Singer” opened up and changed movie history. The novel is about a serial killer murdering sound technicians at movie studios, trying to prevent sound movies. The murder weapon is always a knife, and the killer is always silent in his attacks. I love the way Silent is in white and Murder is in red. I find it eye catching. It might even be better than the story.

Total cost was $5.50. There is a website called Fiverr.com that do all sorts of things for $5.00. The person who did the above cover also did my first e-novel “Loonies in the Dugout” and she is doing my next two books that will be out Halloween week; one being “More Cemetery Tales and other Phantasms” a collection of short stories to startle you for Halloween. The first book of cemetery Tales is here and this cover was done by another person from the same website. The second book will be a collection of my blogs from the past two years, called “Terry’s Quill,” the logline-for now-is ‘Blogging through the loony adventures of an e-novelist in Cyber World.’

Covers are the key. They are the first impression; it brings the reader to click the buy button. I like the cover so much I think I will even buy the book.

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What’s up with piffle anyway

When I wrote my first e-novel “Loonies in the Dugout”  the word piffle came out of the mouth of Eveleen Sullivan. It was a serendipitous writing moment. By that, I mean, it was an automatic response her character gave to something someone said. At the time I had no idea of the origin of the word, nor what it meant, nor even if it was a word. I just liked the sound of it and I liked the idea of it being a character signature for Eveleen. So she  said it at appropriate moments-for her of course, I had nothing to do with it. I may be a writer, but I will not put words in characters mouths. They think and talk for themselves you know.

She also used the word in my second e-novel, based on the true story of the unsolved murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor in 1922 called  “Loonies in Hollywood.” I knew of a website devoted to groupies, aficionados, or whatever devoted follows of a famous murder can be called, so I read through their conversations and found them talking about my book. One of them said, “what is up with piffle anyway.”

What indeed?

In truth I had no idea how the word came out of my head-or into Eveleen’s mouth. I must have heard the word at some time, or read it somewhere, and it just lodged deep in my memory bank waiting for a withdrawal. Then it just popped out while writing. It is one of the joys of writing.

So I did some research. Apparently it came into use about 1890. It was  slang , origin unknown, to describe words or ideas that are false or silly. According to American Heritage Dictionary: To talk act in a foolish, feeble, or futile way. Nonsense-noun.

And nonsense is what Eveleen meant when she said piffle. She was reacting to something that she thought was nonsense. A jazz age term would be applesauce. One can also say balderdash, bull, claptrap, fiddle-faddle, flapdoodle, hogwash, horsefeathers, humbug (Scrooge), malarkey, poppycock, rubbish, tommyrot, twaddle, among other fun and colorful words.

Eveleen will continue to say piffle and I love her for it. It is who she is, besides being smart, funny, and adorable.

And that’s what’s up with piffle.

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