Every freelancer has been there; you hit send on your latest assignment, exhale for the first time in days, and then the waiting begins. In a perfect world, creative feedback would come instantly and be exclusively positive–sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. And as you await every little nit-pick and massive concept change, minutes turn to hours and hunger begins to set-in. So if you’re looking for something to gnaw on while anxiety gnaws at you, here are the six absolute best recipes to make while waiting for freelance feedback.
The Freelance Time-Killer
In the immortal words of rock star, and human-version of Janice from the Muppets, Tom Petty, “The waiting is the hardest part.” Nowhere is this truer than in the world of freelancing. Waiting for that first round of notes to come back can take ages, so it pays to have something to occupy oneself in the meantime. You can get working on your Lego scale-replica of the Burj Khalifa or catch up on forty-odd seasons of Doctor Who…or you can try this slow-cooker carnitas recipe. Taking roughly 6 hours, this will keep your mind off whatever inane, barely comprehensible notes may be coming your way for a good chunk of the day– you’ll probably spend the rest of it reminiscing about how damned good they were.
The Crowd Pleaser
It’s impossible to predict what kind of feedback you’ll receive for your latest freelance job. Maybe they’ll love your vision, or maybe they’ll want you to start over from scratch. In the uncertain world of freelancing, one needs to relish every bit of positive feedback. And there are some things that will always get positive feedback. Everybody loves pizza, everybody loves Brussels sprouts (since 2011 or so) ergo, everybody will love this recipe. Toss this in the oven, call up a few friends and let the soothing tide of compliments wash over you.
The Freelancer’s Comfort (in advance) Food
Facing down the most soul-crushing responses to our work is just part of the job, thick skin is a necessary pre-req for freelancing. That doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings though. Sometimes while awaiting what is sure to be a sharp kick in the ego, it’s nice to savor some warm and cozy comfort food. For this, we look to the king of comfort foods, mac & cheese. With 5 separate cheeses, this recipe acknowledges an immutable rule of life; More cheese = more happiness.
The Confidence Booster
It’s a general rule of freelancing that the harshest feedback will often be your own. Waiting for notes gives writers and designers plenty of time to obsess over what they could have or should have done differently. So it’s natural to look for a reprieve in something simple and with minimal room for error. Look no further than this three-ingredient bacon and tomato sandwich. This recipe has no complicated techniques or ingredients to stress over and it will pretty much always taste amazing because, well…bacon.
The Sweet Reward
As agonizing as waiting for feedback can be, there is still always a sense of satisfaction in knowing that your first draft is done and dusted. Sure, you may be about to receive three pages of near-impossible edit requests, but you’ve got this far dammit and you’re going to celebrate! And if there’s a better way to celebrate than cheesecake-freakin’- donuts I’d like to hear about it. Not only is this possibly the biggest development in stuffing your face since the erstwhile Cronut, it’s also an excuse to get together with some friends and feast…as much as you’ll want to eat the whole batch.
The Screw It
1 Arizona Ice-Tea Tall Boy
1 Large Bag of Bugles
You spent the better part of the last week busting your ass on that latest assignment, got it sent in 6 minutes before deadline and the check isn’t in the mail yet. You’re tired, mentally fried and half-starved. Maybe the idea of hitting the grocery store and cooking isn’t happening for you. So what the hell, you earned it, swing by the closest corner store and load up on savory snacks and bargain iced tea. It may not be fancy, it might not be nutritionally balanced but sometimes it’s just what you need. Total cost; $3.75