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Not to be confused with other poets by the name Elaine George, I am Elaine Cecelia George.  I was born on the 27th day of November in the year 1946 in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
 
I began posting on this forum in 2006.  The following poems, written by me, Violin, Snowflake, A Winter Rose, From My Porch, The Love of a Gentleman, Where the Heart Resides, One Regret, The Tide of Time and, The Promise of Spring, are some of my published works appearing in books, magazines, and on websites providing courses in poetry writing. 
 
Many of these on-line courses are using my poems without having ever contacted me.  Nonetheless, I still feel honored.
 
One website has given credit to another poet with the same name as mine, born in England in 1943, for my personification poem, SNOWFLAKE.   I have asked them on several occasions to correct their records., but they haven't.   I find this disturbing!
 
Since 2006, in addition to my books of poetry, I have had several short stories and a book entitled, 'Earthbound Angles Made of Stone published. 
 
Earthbound Angels Made of Stone is an epic written by me in collaboration with the Canadian Photographer, Darren Creighton.
 
In 2019, I wrote a stage play entitled I Was One of Many, Many. It is the story of a young man killed in World War II, and the impact his life and death had on those he left behind.
 
The play debuted on November 11th at a dinner event at The Royal Canadian Legion, attended by the Mayor, other dignitaries and, Legion members in honor of the Veterans and ended with a standing ovation.
 
Garfield George, my father's older brother, a casualty of the war, was the inspiration behind my story.
 
I am currently writing a historical fiction thriller entitled, Out of the Darkness. I hope to have it completed before the year-end.
 
I am eternally grateful to Poetry Soup and all the wonderful people who have supported and encouraged me on my journey of writing.
 
 

OUT OF THE DARKNESS - UPDATE

Blog Posted:7/26/2020 3:26:00 PM

For those of you who may remember me, some time ago I posted under short stories,  three un-edited chapters of my ongoing novel,  OUT OF THE DARKNESS, a HISTORICAL FICTIONAL THRILLER.  I soon thereafter deleted them.  

These chapters have since been re-written,edited, and re-posted.

I will post further chapters when they are ready.

I look  forward to any suggestions or feedback.

 

Sincerely, Elaine  

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Date: 7/31/2020 10:38:00 AM
Hi Elaine, I have found few people actually check our the short stories on poetry soup, they should promote it more, hope you get some good reviews _Constance
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Date: 7/28/2020 3:29:00 PM
Elaine,I am currently reading Grishams latest,(in England anyway)Moving into a more general novelist approach, away from his ' agenda ' issue law world ,has 278 pages,10 chapters ,sub divided numerically,some with 4 ,another with 14 episodic sub divisions divisions.Clearly this chapter 'thing' is a key issue in the 'novel' artform.... a bit like the poetic priciples that underlie any poem, no matter the chosen form vehicle.
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Date: 7/28/2020 5:04:00 PM
Thank you so much for this, Brian. The 278 sounds about what I hope to have. I will investigate chapter structures. I have 5 major characters. The story moves back and forth between them. Also the time in history moves back and forth between each character, so each chapter needs a heading clarifying time and place. There is much for me to learn and consider. Thank you so much for your input...It is much appreciated.
Date: 7/28/2020 7:06:00 AM
For my taste chapter length variation is my preference (maybe its myatterntion span!) The key,in the crime genre I read eg Grisham,Archer,Kate Ellis all page turners,and I find that books with too many characters off-putting &difficult to remember,but is probably my age ! and the fact I only read these last thing in bed.
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Date: 7/28/2020 2:33:00 AM
Just a question or two on technique Elaine,how many pages do you envisage 200,or a longer,what about chapter size,is it defined by events so long ,then short?Those I read have variations on this aspect.Is this a one off or part of a planned sequence...just being nosey!!
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Date: 7/28/2020 4:09:00 AM
Do you have any suggestions regarding chapter size...Should they be consistent in size throughout, or is it acceptable for them to vary in size? What say Yea?
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Date: 7/28/2020 3:47:00 AM
I plan on having more than 200 pages. With regard to the chapters, I realize chapter three is short in comparison to the other two...perhaps, I will have to add to that chapter. This is my first serious attempt at writing a novel that I will attempt to find a publisher for. I realize I have much to learn. I was hoping to have it finished by year-end and then find an agent to represent me.
Date: 7/27/2020 3:12:00 PM
Yes,Laine,I take your point,chapter 2 reads well,your short sentence staccato style makes for page-turning.On the first person 'bit' I have seen the use of italics or similar fonts used in such cases to distinguish from the 'main ' story.Looks promising ,when do you envisage completing? Do you work to a daily timetable ? Many successful thriller/crime writers so do and complete to a schedule ,but presumably to fulfil their publisher demands of the market.
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Date: 7/27/2020 5:40:00 PM
I must confess, I have been dragging my feet on this project and must knuckle down and commit to a disciplined time schedule if I am to succeed. Many thanks for your suggestions...I need all the help I can get. Elaine
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Date: 7/27/2020 5:33:00 PM
Splendid Idea, Brian! I also thought I could begin Chapter one by saying (She takes a sheet of linen paper, from the pile, dips her fountain pen in the well of ink, and begins to write). Than I would proceed with the beginning of her letter... Dear heart, etc., etc., etc.
Date: 7/27/2020 10:46:00 AM
Hi Laine,interesting to see where your muse is now leading you.Just one comment... some folk dislike reading novels set in the first person....just saying.Stay creative
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Date: 7/27/2020 12:03:00 PM
PS. The novel begins with the words written as a letter by Annabelle (the main character) to a person she refers to as (Dear Heart).So...all of her writing to Dear Heart is in first person.
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Date: 7/27/2020 11:52:00 AM
So nice to hear from you Brian and thanks for your suggestion. I will definitely take that into account. You have been such a great mentor to me through the years and I truly appreciate it. Yes! I never know where my muse is going to take me and I am always surprised. Thank you! ~ Sincerely, Elaine
Date: 7/27/2020 6:39:00 AM
I look forward to reading them Elaine.
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Date: 7/27/2020 9:07:00 AM
Thank you, Jeanne...much appreciated. ~ Elaine

My Past Blog Posts

 
OUT OF THE DARKNESS - UPDATE
Date Posted: 7/26/2020 3:26:00 PM
UPDATE
Date Posted: 2/15/2020 1:26:00 PM
Thank you Poetry Soup and members
Date Posted: 7/15/2018 8:28:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/26/2020 A Miracle Haibunchildhood,life,
5/13/2020 Too Hot to Handle Personificationcharacter,
5/11/2020 Ten Poems That Define Me Listpoems,
2/24/2019 Someone Quatrainhumanity,
2/16/2019 The Melody of Spring Versenature,spring,
2/10/2019 I Stand Here Verseintrospection,
11/2/2018 Veterans Day in US - Remembrance Day in CDN - Eleven Eleven - Part One Narrativeremembrance day,
11/2/2018 Veterans Day US - Remembrance Day in CDN - Eleven, Eleven - Part Two Narrativeremembrance day,
10/13/2018 Once Upon a Halloween in the 50's Narrativenostalgia,
10/6/2018 Ode to the Turkey Odethanksgiving day,
7/15/2018 Mill Wheel Rhymemurder,
6/2/2018 Divine Versespiritual,
5/30/2018 Sijo - 1 - Personified Sijonature,
5/29/2018 Poetry in Motion Free versenature,
5/15/2018 Summer Love Sonnetlove,summer,
5/14/2018 The Downward Spiral Rhymemurder,sin,
4/30/2018 The Path Most Taken Free versenature,
4/29/2018 A Sonnet for Tim Ryerson Sonnetdedication,friendship,
4/28/2018 A Stitch in Time Personificationdream,marriage,
4/24/2018 Uncle Eldon Narrativededication,
4/17/2018 Re Joyce Versetribute,
4/16/2018 Lie Down on Me Personificationage,death,grief,
4/12/2018 One of a Pair Personificationclothes,
3/29/2018 Blinded by the Light Alliterationcorruption,lust,
3/28/2018 Resurrected Italian Sonnetspring,
3/5/2018 The Miracle of Spring Sonnetspring,
1/16/2018 PART ONE - A Gunshot Wound to the Heat - A short story from my memoir Narrativenostalgia,
1/16/2018 PART TWO- Gunshot Wound to the Heart- a short story from my Memoir - A journey of Roses and Thorns Narrativenostalgia,
12/19/2017 Once Upon a Christmas 1954 - Part One - a short story from my memoir Narrativechristmas,nostalgia,
12/19/2017 Once Upon a Christmas 1954 - PART 2 - a short story from my memoir Narrativechristmas,nostalgia,
12/19/2017 The Throwaways Rhymeage,beauty,
11/20/2017 VIOLIN Personificationlove,romance,
10/29/2017 America Rondeauamerica,patriotic,politic
10/28/2017 Midnight Romance Sonnetromance,
10/28/2017 He Waits for Me Iambic Pentameterdeath,
5/1/2017 To be or not to be Rhymedeath,life,
12/10/2016 Java and Me Sonnetwinter,
11/15/2016 CREEP Personificationintrospection,life,
11/3/2016 The Maple Leaf Odeautumn,
11/1/2016 Crimson Etchings Versewriting,
10/28/2016 Unbearable Beauty in the Color Grey Rhymebeauty,color,lost love,
6/27/2016 PART 1 - Earthbound Angels Made of Stone - An Epic Narrativeangel,baby,birth,black af
6/27/2016 PART 2 - Earthbound Angels Made of Stone - An Epic Narrativeabuse,angel,baby,black af
2/23/2016 One Regret Sonnetintrospection,life,
2/17/2016 Along the Shore of Evermore Pastoralbeauty,earth,heaven,ocean
2/12/2016 The Great Horned Owl Personificationbird,flying,nature,
2/12/2016 Haiku 102 Haikunature,ocean,sky,
2/6/2016 The One That Survived Cinquaindeath,
2/2/2016 Lassie Sonnetchildhood,dog,
1/29/2016 Adrift - A Quatern Quaternlost love,
1/15/2016 1140 Royal Street Haibunabuse,evil,history,murder
8/21/2015 A Change of Seasons - A HexSonnetta Sonnetautumn,feelings,summer,
7/15/2015 The Essence of Rose Personificationdeath,life,
3/26/2015 In Shades of Black and White Free versechildhood,introspection,
3/21/2015 I am Your Destiny Personificationdeath,life,
3/10/2015 I Am Biointrospection,metaphor,
12/24/2014 Swan Lake Sonnetchild,dream,
9/15/2014 ASHES TO ASHES Narrativeaddiction,death,
9/15/2014 One Autumn Day Verseintrospection,metaphor,po
9/9/2014 One Autumn Night Monorhymeautumn,love,
9/9/2014 OBSESSED Personificationwriting,
9/4/2014 Alice through the Looking Glass Free versedeath,life,old,
8/26/2014 The Murder of Willow Narrativedeath,life,nature,
8/23/2014 Who's the Fairest of Them All Personificationintrospection,
6/25/2014 Dundurn Castle Quatrainmemory,
6/25/2014 Haiku - Written June 25, 2014 Haikunature,storm,summer,
6/9/2014 In a Field of Daisies - A Contemporary sonnet Sonnetboyfriend,childhood,
6/2/2014 Father's Day Prosefather daughter,
6/2/2014 Jack and Jill Limerickhumorous,
6/1/2014 The Loss of Innocence Free verseinnocence,love,lust,
5/30/2014 The Butterfly Flutters by Prosemiracle,nature,
5/30/2014 Distant Thoughts Sonnetlost love,
5/23/2014 I Remember - 1 Free versechildhood,nature,nostalgi
5/20/2014 Our Secret Rendevous Personificationfeelings,
5/19/2014 A Dozen Roses Personificationbetrayal,
5/19/2014 Putting My Life on the Line Sonnetchildhood,writing,
5/17/2014 Upon Her Windowpane Versekiss,memory,
5/16/2014 The Poet Quatrainpoets,writing,
5/13/2014 I was Adored Once too Sonnetlove,
4/20/2014 The Memoir Sonnetdeath,life,time,
3/3/2014 All too Soon Quatraindeath,life,
1/29/2014 The Essence of Linda-Marie - The Writer Sonnetdeath of a friend,identit
9/3/2013 Autumn - A Ballade Balladeautumn,
9/1/2013 A Halloween Sonnet Sonnethalloween,
8/31/2013 Night Sapphic stanzanature,night,
8/30/2013 Summer's End Versenature,seasons,
8/23/2013 Autumn's Breath Personificationnature,
6/27/2013 At the Pawn Shop Personificationbeauty,change,engagement,
6/17/2013 The Love Note Tankalove,
5/14/2013 Reflections of You Prose Poetrychildhood,nostalgia,
5/3/2013 Typewriter Personificationimagination,
5/3/2013 The Price of Admission Free versechildhood,growing up,inno
4/24/2013 Tea and Poetry in the Ides of March - PART ONE Prosesatire,
4/24/2013 Tea and Poetry in the Ides of March - PART TWO Prosesatire,
4/24/2013 Tea and Poetry in the Ides of March - PART THREE Prosesatire,
7/8/2011 Lost in Dreams of Thee Verseheaven,love,may,passion,
7/8/2011 The Unwritten Biography of Rambrandt -1620 - 1699 ekphrasisartlife,autumn,life,me,,l
6/24/2011 The Glass Heart Free verseintrospection,life,
6/24/2011 A Gift From God - A Sonnet Sonnetbeauty,god,me,prayer,
6/2/2011 Rose and Rose Marie - A Re-post Personificationheart,jealousy,love,me,oc

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PoemTitleFormCategories
Question To A Child Rhymecaregiving,childhood,devo
Where Poetry Lives Rhymeon writing and words,poem
Spring Bud Shapelife,love,nostalgia,sad,s
ELEVEN;ELEVEN;ELEVEN Elegydeath,friendship,loss,
THE HIKE Idyll (Idyl)nature,
Changes Balladimagination,song-me,time,
The Frost Bitten Leaf Rhymeallegory,death,hope,may,
THE RESPECTED POETESS Free versefamily,friendship,lifepoe
THE HEIRLOOM Personificationimagination,day,Grandson,
All Things Beautiful Balladefaith,inspirational,natur
Umbrella Personificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
The Embrace of this Child Free versedevotion,family,happiness
Bells (after Poe) Lyricpassion
Garden Dreams Free verseseasons
Beauty of the Soul Coupletbeauty,beauty,
Beautiful Masterpiece (Tribute to Elaine George's "Violin") Coupletdedication,on writing and
Recording/Re-playing/Recording/Re-playing Free verselife,people,philosophy,ti
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
footle... Young Love . Light Verselost love
Eden Free verseallegory,childhood,lossol
The Poem That Never Was Free verseon writing and words
Whispering Pines Haikunature
Wondering Rhymeloveme,
The Woman Free versededication,family,life,lo
The Man in the Wilderness Rhymecomputer-internet,educati
SUMMER TIDINGS Lanterneseasons
Bewitching Haikunature
In her Absence Free versefantasy,love
Recall Haikuintrospection,nature
Heartache Coupletlove
Where the Flag still Waves Concreteanniversary,history
Lady Diana Odehistory,people,visionary
TOUCHY FEELY Lanternelove
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan Tree Rhymeadventure,old,
Anne (3) Verselove,wife
A Brand New Leash for Me Quatrainpetsgod,me,longing,day,go
Music of the Plains Free versenature,seasonsautumn,
Greet the Sun Italian Sonnethealth,life,on writing an
sequence-TO THE MORROW Lanternehope
Nightingale's Watch Rhymedeath,depression,loss,los
I know (Oppression) Free verseintrospection,life,recove
A Walk with my Thoughts Tetractyslife,love
Stone Chalice Haikufaith,nature
The Love of "Fall" Acrosticlove,sea,seasons
Christmas Magic Quatrainfamily,happiness,holiday,
sequence- SUPER NATRUAL Lanternefaith,life
SOMEWHERE Coupletdeath,life,war,
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Christmas Memories Narrativechildhood,holidaychristma
Dearest Rhymedevotion,faith,mother,upl
Forgotten Heroes of the Somme Rhymebrother,death,history,lif
Dear Lord Rhymehopeme,me,
CHAMELEON Fibonacciimagination,inspirational
WITHERED Lanternededication,people
Forever Bright Senryufriendship
Help This Sorrow Clear Rhymeangst,depression,faith
Feather in my hand, ink in my heart. Free versedevotion,on writing and w
HEAR THIS ? Epigramon writing and wordspoetr
TO ALL MY SOUPER FRIENDS Free versededication,friendship,lov
Words From A River Iambic Pentameterintrospection,nature,
The Tablet Personificationon writing and wordsme,me
TRIALS Free versefaith,hope,inspirational,
Perhaps One Day - For Avatar Trioletday,fantasy,love,mother,m
eap- The Romantic . Listhope
Dream Weaver Free versenative american
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
Across a Crowded Room Free verselost love,
As Swallows Call Quaternnature,seasons
A Tear In The Sand Free verselife,lost love
The Heart of a Stream Quatrainnature
The Words That flow Through My Pen Free verseintrospection,life,on wri
The Ancient Lady Italian Sonnetadventure
cowley (1) I GOT THAT ,LOVING FEELING Quatrainfaith,people,placesme,
Consider Them Didacticfaith,inspirational,
Silence Speaks Monokuimagination,inspirational
Dream Quatrainlost love
The Rose Bowl Free verselove,nature,
high school love Senryugirlfriend-boyfriend,lost
Historic Perspective Verseblack african american,po
A Final Adieu Balladedeath,wifehope,me,
THE BLOSSOMS OF HOME Coupletfamily
MY DAILY BALM Light Versededication,space,
LIFE Tankalife
SHE IS MY SUN Quintain (English)romanceme,me,sun,
Sitting Lark Rhymenative american
Chief Roaring Eagle Rhymefamily,hope,life,lost lov
Red Leaf Epichistory,loss,people,,Lull
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Tears We Have Smiled Rhymedeath,girlfriend-boyfrien
Washed Away What Easter Means To Me Coupletfaith
Sassy Personificationimagination,nature,
BOTH OF US GOT AWAY Lyricdedication,lost lovelost,
In The Rain Haikusad
Her Ghost Relives the Night Quatrain 
A Meadow's Sigh Coupletanimals,life,loss,nature,
Family Stone Free versefamilyautumn,
Mother Found I do not know?mother
Eat Pray Love Narrativedevotion,faith,inspiratio
A Thousand Years From Now Iambic Pentameterintrospection,

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