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Before you read this week’s poem, just a friendly reminder…

The Third Age is still going strong!  Season One is drawing to a close, and more episodes are coming.  It is an awesome story and very exciting!  If you missed my other post about The Third Age, you can read my take on it HERE.

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My daughter, Amber, is the producer.  If you like watching the story “all at once” instead of in weekly segments, now is a great time to see it all HERE.

Go, Amber!

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I always think a lot about my daughter.  Her strength and determination are amazing.  Lately, I have also been thinking about all the strong women I know.  Many of them are older women.

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In the first Maudene poem I posted, I had a specific woman in mind as I was writing.  Maybe a couple.  But now that I look back on it, I think Maudene is a combination of several women, including my daughter.

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I also have a friend who could literally be Maudene when she is older.  I think I was writing subconsciously about her, too.  She is now the captain of a big ship.   She shows the men how it’s done.

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Here’s to all those strong women, no matter what work they do.  They come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors.  They move mountains and walk on water.  They are truly the salt of the earth.

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One Woman Working

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Maudene has worked the ocean

for seventy years—her big boots

balance firmly on the old bow

of a hand made shrimp boat.

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She knows the beat of engines,

the pull of ropes, nets, tide.

She knows the permanent roots

of mud on her palms, grease

on her cheeks, wind in her teeth.

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Maudene breathes each season.

The sting of horseflies and sun.

The growling water of a storm.

The sparkling backs of dolphins.

The softness of sharp August stars.

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She knows those bone lean years

when creditors circle at the dock,

when prices rise and profits fall,

when she eats wet cornbread

on deck for the long, hard haul.

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Her world is being swallowed

by condominiums and big ships.

But Maudene will not stop.

She will not gasp and die

beside a sun dried puddle.

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She will live to sweat nets forever

in a faded, flannel shirt—her boots

a rock of ages on a creaky old boat.

One woman working, salt strong.

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.Julie Buffaloe-Yoder


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What do magic, mythical gods, and   the streets of New York City have in common?  You’ll find it all in          The Third Age, a webseries which is being launched today by Blip.TV.

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Written, directed and shot by           Patrick Meaney and Jordan Rennert and produced by Amber Yoder (my daughter), The Third Age has been billed as a “psychedelic remix of classic mythology, telling the story of ordinary people caught up in an eternal war between gods waged on the streets of New York City.”

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I love classic mythology, so I was instantly intrigued and happy to have a chance to preview the first seven episodes.  A war between gods and realistic scenes of gritty, city streets is definitely a modern twist on an epic story.  But the way the story is told is exciting and unique.  A god gets kidnapped.  A drug dealer finds himself simultaneously hiding from the cops and getting involved in the middle of a struggle between science and magic.  Fantasy meets asphalt.  I can’t wait to see more.

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The Third Age begins with scenes from a laboratory and has an X-Files feel to it, which is excellent.  Then we are introduced to the main characters. Christopher Zinone is not your typical drug dealer on the corner—his clients are young and wealthy.  But Christopher is depressed and wants to change his ways.  Determined that he has made the last drug deal of his life, he heads home one night and meets a beautiful woman who is crying on the street.  Her name is Morning.  She is far from ordinary.

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The laboratory scenes weave into the story well, and this background builds much suspense.  We meet a scientist named Jerrod Woolf who had a vision thirty years ago.  He dreamed of creating a drug that would one day save the world.  Jerrod Woolf’s world of science, the “real” world of Christopher Zinone and the magical world of Morning collide to make for a story that is keeping me on the edge of my seat.

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As a person who spends her life writing stories, I am impressed by the richness of the storyline in The Third Age.  It is complex, not in a way that is hard to understand, but in a way that makes a fiction writer nod her head and appreciate the sophistication of what these filmmakers are doing.  Don’t get hung up on the word “psychedelic.”  There’s a very real story here.

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The writers of this series respect my intelligence as a viewer and do not bombard me with obvious explanations, as some series do.  The characterization of Christopher Zinone is fantastic.  He unfolds with details that create a rich blend of character that is much more than meets the eye.

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Obviously, I dig well developed characterization and an interesting story.  If you’re somebody who reads this site every week, you probably do, too.  I also know that many of you enjoy fantasy writing.  Of course, there are more elements that make the series excellent.  But I’d rather let you check it out.  The first season consists of thirteen seven minute episodes, and it will be released weekly, starting today.  A second season will follow with thirteen additional episodes.

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The series has already been previewed at screening events in New York, including Big Screen, Little Screen and Industry Power Play.  It is produced by Respect Films, an independent production company that creates innovative content for the web and traditional media.

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You can read about the making of The Third Age by checking out the website HERE.  The behind the scenes work is fun to read.  You think you have challenges as a poet or a fiction writer?  Imagine having to find real locations and good actors for your characters.  Then lug around equipment and film them in a way that is professional and true to your vision.  Oh, yeah.  And do it on a budget.  I know the genres aren’t the same, but the physical aspects of film make me really respect what they do.

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The Third Age has already received great reviews.  Check out one by Tubefilter News HERE.   It also tells about Respect Film’s current work with ESPN.

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Please take a few minutes to check out episode one of The Third Age HERE and bookmark the page.

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I rarely turn on the stupid box (aka the television).  But I’ll be clicking on          The Third Age every week.  The story is a fantastic ride.

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