Creative Symbiosis

Edgar Mouse Poe by Alan F. Beck

Edgar Mouse Poe by Alan F. Beck

I didn’t feel like working yesterday, but Edgar Mouse Poe inspired me to continue on. Created by artist Alan F. Beck, his adorably dour looking mouse was based on the image of Edgar Allen Poe most of us are familiar with.

If Poe could keep at it with a pen and ink, I thought, I guess I have no excuse to opt out for the day. Somewhere, I hope Beck received good karma points because his mouse kept me on track.

Writers often find art and music extremely important to the creative process. We’re all familiar with the idea that an author played a song or album on repeat during the writing process. I like to listen to Jean Michele Jarre and Lindsey Sterling while I write, and Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails while I edit. Early David Bowie is for thinking.

Above my work areas I hang random pieces of art that evoke different moods in me. The eclectic collection is based on thoughts I have when I view them rather than any kind of esthetic criteria. The collection is subject to overhaul at anytime. Poe mouse was one of the most recent additions.

I always wonder why creative types tend to stick with each other—actors to actors, musicians to musicians, writers to writers. I say we mix it up. I enjoy the camaraderie and support of those in my creative groove. Those relationships are invaluable. Gathering a group of creatives from different mediums, however, is electrifying.

Musicians need words for music, writers need to see their words put to use. We are inspired by song and visual arts, other medium are inspired by poetry and prose. After seeing a collage by Robin Wiesneth, I was wrote The Tree Between Fire and Ice. Still in rough draft form, I can see it turning into another children’s book one day. I would have never written it without the visual cue Robin gave me with her work.

This coming week I want to share some of the non-writing creatives that inspire me and influence my own work. Alan F. Beck will probably never know that his work pushed me to keep at one of the best things I’ve ever written. At the minimum, he deserves a share.

You can find Alan’s mix of award winning science fiction, fantasy and surrealism on his site, The Art of Alan F. Beck. My little Poe mouse is part of a larger collection available to be seen in his Mouseopolitan Museum of Art.

I discovered his work at the HorrorCon I went to in May, and it was hard to pick which piece to take home. Were I rich, I would have taken the lot. Instead, I settled on Poe, who turned out to be just what I needed.



About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third generation Uchinanchu and an award-winning American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020.
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