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Dilation Exercise 21

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—What is This?

“I really don’t know how it happened.”

In another time, he might have been a compassionate leader.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Hacks (colorized)” copyright © 2005 Alan M. Clark.
Cover art for Hacks by Brian Knight, published by Delirium Books. Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

10 responses

  1. “A fun weekend in the woods, he said,” Tom remembered. He felt the life running out of him, like a ladden sponge emptying itself above a truck hood. “But it’s not even hunting season, I said.” He could barely see the tree ahead of him, his face shredded by claws that did a better job on his flesh than those gadgets they sell on late night TV. He remembered the campfire the night before, where he had made the ironic statement, “Aren’t there supposed to be Devil Creatures in these woods?” He companions had laughed at him. Now they were so much hamburger back at their campsite. He clutched at the tree trunk, trying desperately to stay concious. Behind him, he heard tiny hoofbeats behind him, chasing him, getting closer… only these beats were of something on two legs…

    October 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  2. carltonmellick

    Love this image!

    October 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  3. edmundcolell1

    I might be expanding too hard on this, but I get the idea of red tree sap that joins with blood in a body fluid fusion.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

  4. david w barbee

    so cool

    October 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  5. alanmclark

    Thanks–I like it when you guys participate like this.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  6. James

    Is there a forum or something where people write down their exercises? Kinda curious to read some previous ones.

    October 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

    • alanmclark

      No, it’s just an informal process that occurs here. I’ll as if there’s a convenient way to view the past Dilation Exercises.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    • alanmclark

      I’ve edited the Dilation Exercises so they appear in two specific categories, “Alan M. Clark” and “Dilation Exercises.” Just click on one of these new categories at the bottom of each post to view all the Dilation Exercises.

      October 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

      • James

        Cool thanks!

        October 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

    • alanmclark

      You’re welcome

      October 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

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