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Dilation Exercise 36

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.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

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.

2 responses

  1. At first I would have started, “even arachnids dream big,” but then I read the bottom…I will revisit in a minute

    February 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  2. Lining up the elements was a requirement that would have baffled a lesser creature. She was fortunate that her brain size was commensurate with her actual faculties, larger than the domestic arachnids of the planet. She had observed a glow about six weeks past when she had a similar line-up, but she doubted herself. The worst thing that could happen, she reasoned, was being smashed against the rocky formations below. Now, daring herself to act, rather than to leave things to a fate she did not desire… Perhaps not everyone on the other side hated her, as she had been led to believe?

    February 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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