Things didn't quite happen that way. To my surprise, I got a new job almost immediately after my "garden leave" ended -- on my first interview, too.
There were a lot of things I liked, and still like, about the new job. It's located in an interesting part of London, and the atmosphere is generally more relaxed than it was at my previous employer.
And yet ....
Now that the novelty has worn off a bit, I can't escape the fact that this is yet another admin job, and that this isn't what I feel I was born to do. All the things that have always annoyed me about office work still annoy me here. It still feels like my real talents are being wasted. And I still have to squeeze what writing I can into evenings and weekends.
Most of my redundancy money is still there in the bank, and my savings are still there too.
A few options occur to me:
- Stick with my current job and suck it up.
- Leave my job to spend a while (say, six months to a year) writing while living off my savings.
- Look around for a part-time job that would give me more time to write, and leave my current job when I find one (relying on my redundancy payout to make up the shortfall in salary).
- Go ahead and leave my job to write, while also looking for a part-time job.
Needless to say, I'm not relying on the Internet to tell me what to do, but I would be glad to hear any insights or real-life experiences.