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WRITING FOR NOTHING, or WHAT THE BLUEBIRD SAID by William C. Dell | Home Alone in the Multiverse Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Speculative #Nonfiction

Home Alone in the Multiverse by William C. Dell is on virtual book tour. The speculative non-fiction stops at Readeropolis with ...

Home Alone in the Multiverse by William C. Dell is on virtual book tour.

The speculative non-fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


                                                      By William C. Dell
While working on my book Deconstructing Zen, I observed a bluebird couple in my backyard. One morning, the male bluebird left a pattern of twigs he was using for a nest on my deck railing. I made a sketch of the twigs, and then he removed them in the evening. I thought, “What wonderful Zen!” That became the cover of my book.

Writing is an image for ineffable content, a noise on the surface of silence. The fundamental urge for expression comes from the realization of empty potentiality. Make something, so you are not alone. The image can be anything – a nest, a novel, a documentary, a song, a treatise, a poem. When you write, paint, dance, sing, or simply speak, you are creating something out of nothing – something that has never existed before you. Stay focused, therefore, not on what you produce, but on your source in silence.

Removing his nesting twigs, the bluebird expressed a boundless space for what could happen next. Writing is like building a nest, where the twigs are words enveloped in vacant air. To do their job, they must have room to breathe. When you write, try to let every word, sentence, and paragraph live and manifest that unsayable potentiality which upholds them. Here are some specific suggestions.

  • Attempt a different kind of flow. Rather than moving from one word to another, move from one empty space to another using a word.
  • Being aware of the silence which upholds words gives them more substance and weight.
  • In this sense, what you do not say can be much more important than what you do.
  • Avoid the noise of too many words to say the same thing.
  • Keep sentences clear and fluent on the surface of silence.
  • Staying focused on the vacancy surrounding words, not the words themselves, they sort themselves out of potentiality, naturally and powerfully.
  • Understanding writing as image is a key to honing skill and developing content. Whether a narrative on a pin, or a dialogue between persons (comic or tragic), there is an ineffability which, if sounded, enlarges and edifies the composition.

Although this little piece leans more to the philosophical than the practical, it can serve, perhaps, as a humble reminder of our creative source. Anyway, that’s what the bluebird said.

Home Alone in the Multiverse 
by William C. Dell 
Genre: Speculative Nonfiction 

One day, looking at my beer bottle the label said: "Don't Forget You're Here Forever." This book is about how that can be. We are in a multiverse of island universes floating in a boundless field. I am proposing that every single thing - large and small, animate or inanimate - is a separate universe, all strung together, alone, in an eternal multiverse. As a universe, you are here forever. 

William C. Dell is Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Montclair State University, New Jersey. His published works include metaphysics, poetry, inter-disciplinary studies, and literary criticism. 

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  1. I am new to William C. Dell and his work. Thanks to this blog for the intro. I love getting to know an author I have yet to meet. All the books on Goodreads looked so good. I am excited to read them.

  2. I am happy to meet you, Audrey. Thank you for your interest in my work. As you read, let me know what you think. Best regards, William

  3. I love the cover! The beer bottle caught my attention because it makes a unique cover shot, and I love the message! It definitely pulled me in.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope the message pulls you in to read the book. Best regards, William

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! The cover is interesting!

    1. You're welcome. I hope you will want to read the book. William

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    1. Thank you. Let me know what you think. William

  6. I like the cover it looks good.

    1. Thanks. I hope you will want to read the book.


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