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Dilation Exercise 79

In an effort to promote my new novel, A PARLIAMENT OF CROWS, released by Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below to expand the story beyond the end of the novel. This week’s exercise works with last week’s. The novel is inspired by the three infamous Wardlaw sisters.

Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

By the time Vertiline had given up the search for Mary, Carolee had taken a terrible toll on the innocent, and by all signs, her deadly activity stretched far into the future.

Weary and reconciled to her existence ending in shame and failure, Vertiline tried to lie down and be still, but the wind gave her feathers life, picked her and sent her flying onward, ever doomed to witness the murderous career she had helped to shape.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Portents” copyright © 2008 Alan M. Clark. Cover art for Portents edited by Al Sarrantonio, published by Flying Fox Publishers.

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

3 responses

  1. Wonderful painting Alan! Is there some hidden text within the webbing?

    March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    • alanmclark

      No, there isn’t, except that I wanted the audience to wonder that very thing. Therefore, I suppose there is a message after all, but not one that is in a readable language. It is the message that makes you wonder if there is a message!

      March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      • alanmclark

        Thank you, nickthehat (is that you Mr. Gucker?) The web is that of a Writing Spider, common where I come from, also known as a Golden Orb Spider. They scribble thick white bars in their webs that look a bit like writing. Charlotte was a writing spider.

        March 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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