Dilation Exercise 53

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

Banished from her home on a world orbiting a star in the constellation, Musca, Arachnius was sent to the backwater world, Earth, to live out her life as a lowly creature.

Hope against hope, her plan for ending her exile was outrageous, but when the stars above her stirred and showed interest in her construction, she crouched in preparation for her leap.

Artwork: “Said the Spider to the Fly” copyright © 2000 Alan M. Clark.
Interior illustration for Imagination Fully Dilated, Volume II edited by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark – IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon

About Alan M Clark

Alan M. Clark grew up in Tennessee in a house full of bones and old medical books. His illustrations have appeared in books of fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, young adult fiction and children's books. Awards for his illustration work include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies and six of his novels have been published. Lazy Fascist Press, an imprint of Eraserhead Press, released his fiction collection, Boneyard Babies, in 2010 and his novel, Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim, in 2011, and his newest novel, A Parliament of Crows in 2012. Mr. Clark's publishing company, IFD Publishing, has released six traditional books and twenty-three ebooks. He and his wife, Melody, live in Oregon.  http://www.alanmclark.com
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