Monday, January 20, 2014

The Heart of the Caveat Whale Trilogy by Precarious Yates

 Good Day Dear Readers,
Today, I have a series of fantastical books called The Heart of the Caveat Whale Trilogy by Precarious Yates.  This is a beautifully told tale which will take you from the the land of Aiqua Marrin and down into the watery world of the deep ocean where an evilness threatens everything that's good. 
Here's the Summary:
Aiqua Marrin, the world found in The Heart of the Caveat Whale books, is a world that is 90% ocean with numerous small islands scattered throughout and two large swaths of land, one in the tropics and temperate zones, one in the icy region.

Clans of aquavians live throughout the seas of Western Aiqua Marrin, mostly in the shallow tropical seas.

Deep in Loesheen Sea lives the MerKing, whose plans to dominate all of Aiqua Marrin become successful when he and his mermen take captive as many aquavians as they can. The once peaceful oceans of Aiqua Marrin are threatened, and all hope hinges on the prophecy that Shunda will rise and stem the tide.

Best of all, wait until you hear this!
For the first time, the each book of the trilogy is available for FREE download! This offer will end on Midnight of Wednesday, 1/22, so act fast! Click the links below to find the books.

 Author: Precarious Yates

Print Length: 334 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478175125
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
File Size: 3430 KB
Print Length: 379 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B009H68R44
File Size: 2033 KB
Print Length: 364 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Precarious Yates used certain kinds of poems in her stories and has agreed to talk some about them. After learning more about these fun lyrical poems, try to write a few of your own.

On Yates website is more information about the ocean life found in her book for further study.

Doggerel: Nonsense with Meaning
There is an important literary devise that readers will often encounter while reading speculative fiction: doggerel. This is poetry that is either in rhythm or out of rhythm, in rhyme or out of rhyme and is nonsensical or ridiculous in nature. It comes from an old English word that meant “only fit for dogs (or puppies)”. Don’t let that definition put you off from this genre of poetry! Nonsense has its place and its importance.

Let’s consider of the most famous pieces of doggerel: Jabberwocky. This nonsensical poem is so famous that Microsoft Word recognizes ‘Jabberwocky’ as a proper word. There are so many words throughout this poem that simply make no sense. But in the nonsense lies the beauty. It’s almost a picture of what childhood is like, having to vanquish terrible beasts before the world even makes sense. But at least in Jabberwocky, the boy is congratulated and his win is honored as real.

In The Heart of the Caveat Whale trilogy, I have several doggerel poems. I inserted them into places where the story gets so emotionally intense that there’s need for a break. And therein lays the beauty of nonsense. In a way, it’s like comic relief that you see in movies. Nonsense releases some of the emotional tension. And then the nonsense, or comic relief, when used well, ends up deepening the emotion of the story.

In The Captives, book 1 of The Heart of the Caveat Whale, there’s a scene where the soldiers are overwhelmed by the screaming of their prisoners. Everyone’s exhausted after a battle and no one can find rest within a mile of this screaming.

Then a single soldier begins to sing a ridiculous child’s tune:
Unto the day we say
And bathe our feet in sand
and clay
And laugh at the rains that
ne’er stop
That tickle our chins until
we drop

How fancy a raindrop on birds who
On bird-of-paradise with flightless
On crops of sugar on leaves of
But not in my tea cup! says Father
Now I’m sure that if you’ve never read the book this poem is even more nonsensical. Just in the way that Lewis Carroll employed creatures from Wonderland in Jabberwocky, I incorporated the Ulys (Oo’ lees), which are the river dwellers in the trilogy. Incorporating elements from the surrounding story adds a unique depth to doggerel.

Aside from the silly songs, I also have some serious poems or songs. I wouldn’t consider a serious poem doggerel simply because it shows in the context of a novel. Doggerel is purposeful nonsense. And nonsense, when used well, has great significance!

Have you ever composed doggerel? Please share some you’ve written!

To learn more, check out these links:

 Author's Arena

Precarious Yates is a shepherdess living in the middle of the USA, 500 miles from the nearest beach. She hopes to live closer to the ocean soon. While in Ireland, she lived one mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Those landscapes and seascapes inspired The Heart of the Caveat Whale trilogy.

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