Just finished my latest run-through of TPW III

Just finished my latest run-through of TPW III. Next step is a tech run. During the editing process, I add comments in the margin, notes to myself, questions, items to fact-check. I will do that next, then a quick and dirty tidy-up run-through, and then i’tll be ready to release. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it, it’s been a real labor of love.

Tomorrow, I hope to release a ninety-nine cent read, a chapter from TPW III

I am editing away on Trailer Park Wives III–the triple-wide edition, and while I can’t wait to release it, I want to make sure it’s perfect. At the same time, I don’t want to keep scenes in the story that don’t move it along. I’ve done a few pass-throughs of TPW III and each time I come to this particular scene, while I love editing it and making it better, it also occurs to me that I don’t really need the scene for the story.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Margaret Mitchell once said that we must kill our little darlings, and I know exactly what she means. It’s hard to let go of a scene that you’ve worked so hard on, but every time I return to this scene to work on it and edit it, I realize that, while I love it, it doesn’t move the story along.

So I cut it.

But then I thought, why not share it with my readers?

By way of background. Joe Robinson has filed for divorce from Lettie, and she has been ordered to appear at Angela Van Johnson’s law office to give her deposition.

A deposition is sworn testimony taken by a court reporter, as the opposing lawyer finds out facts concerning a case.

In a divorce, typically, the lawyer wants to find out what assets the other party has; the lawyer also wants to find out if the party is hiding assets from the other spouse. 

The scene begins with Lettie asking Deena to call Childrens Protective Services for her, after Lettie has witnessed a disturbing scene at the Bergens’ trailer. It won’t spoil your enjoyment of the story to read this scene–I don’t reveal what Lettie witnessed–and then the deposition scene follows.

And Lette doesn’t have a lawyer.