The Editorial Collaboration of Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze

There is a lot I like about writing and self-publishing in the informal blog format. At the top of the list, but not first, is that columns with rules about formatting — other than the strictest — do not exist, so if I want to add in paragraphs right here…¶

or quizzes…

How long did it take you to spot Lucy, the neighbor’s cat?
A) Right away with my Eagle eye.
B) Did a double take.
C) After finding out that there is a cat.
D) I still don’t see the cat.

with additional pictures...

with additional pictures…

I can.

The word count is never over or under, but always just right.

This type of autonomy is relaxing. It can also be detrimental to the outcome of a good piece. When writing a post on deadline I do not always give myself time to be my own editor. Without planning I might not properly delve into the story being told or strain out the unnecessarily extra bits. When selecting pictures or planning a big post I might seek advice or support from a collaborator, but will find only myself. And, I honestly cannot always be bothered to be accountable as an editor or a collaborator to the person who hasn’t been bothered to get a post in on time.

I’ll stand in my kitchen, gazing in lost contemplation until deadline forces action. Sometimes the result is just disastrous like a salmon dish even the cat decided to snub. Sometimes, somehow, I start with a recipe for muffins, mix a couple spoonfuls of mascarpone into yogurt in place of sour cream, and end up with a Strawberry Cake with Lemon Glaze that I eat all by myself too.

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