Getting Out of the Day Job 4: A Diary

Disclaimer: This post contains a link to Amazon, with regards to a recommended book. If you choose to purchase the book, I will receive a commission at no cost to yourself.



Okay, so I haven’t given it up yet. I’ve still got three months of my notice to work out but, signing on the dotted line for voluntary redundancy was a start, and I’m now on my way there – racing towards the finish line!

And just how do you think you are going to survive without a regular monthly income, with a hubby and three sprogs in tow? I hear you ask.

Cut out the pessimism. I may be a dreamer, but I’m dreaming big. And anything is possible, isn’t it? Squash the voice of the doubter and dream it up!

The plan? (The dream?)

My plan – to write, write and write some more is foolproof. J K Rowling did it, complete with a tiny baby – so I can do it, complete with an almost-fully-grown trio of sproglings. It can be done. It can, can, can! And I will do it, so watch this s   p   a   c   e.

Here’s my to do dreamlist:

  1. To not be tempted to sign my life and soul up for permanent employment.
  2. To complete my half-finished family history book ‘From the Myddle, to Everywhere and Back Again’ (excerpts available here, on ‘The Silly-Savvy Salopian in Suffolk’ blog site).
  3. To start my next book and to complete it by Christmas (No, I’m not telling you what it will be about, except that it will be funny, so you’ll have to wait for its publication!)
  4. To publish daily blog posts, including my ‘Giving Up the Day Job’ diaries, my silly-savvy poems, comedy club reviews, short stories and travel journals, i.e. about everything I can possibly think of to write about.
  5. To earn a meagre income by posting affiliate book reviews for Amazon, monetising my blog site, dog walking, dog sitting and anything else that is not rude I can think of to earn some dosh.
  6. Practise my guitar – to date, I’ve learnt two songs in two years!
  7. Write and perform some new comedy songs. (See Jay Cool’s previous efforts on You Tube).
  8. Go and examine numerous graveyards to hunt down and dig up the voices (not the bones) of my ancestors.
  9. To ignore the advice of well-meaning doubters, who keep telling me to check out how soon I can claim my pension (late-forty-something is not old and I am not past it!).
  10. Wait for the writing commissions and book publication offers to come rolling in and, if they don’t, hobble on out my cave and capture them!

And, in the meantime, try to forget that I have still have preparation to do for my day job, and go on a work-avoidance walk, to take a few snaps the beauty spots of Chilton Industrial Estate.

‘Beauty Spot in Chilton’ by Jay Cool

I feel you will agree that this beauty spot is of particular merit, being far and above superior to Madonna’s pencilled-on effort! Long live this fine and worthy tree! Does it sing? I put ear to trunk and listen in …

Are you the one who lopped off my branch?

Are you the one who popped at my boil?

Why ever did you let me go?

You broke my heart in one great blow ..

I decide it’s best not to hang around and upset this fine-spirited tree any longer. If trees, like elephants, remember. Then, can trees, like elephants exact revenge?

Perhaps it’s time for I, Jay Cool, to get in touch with the expert. Peter Wohlleben*, can you help with ….?

Too late.

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, May 2019

* Peter Wohlleben is author of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’. If you click on the book’s image below, you will be able to purchase the book via Amazon and I will receive an affiliate blogger’s commission at no extra cost to yourself.

Please, also read Giving Up the Day Job 1: A DiaryGiving up the Day Job 2: A Diary and Giving Up the Day Job 3: A Diary.

To find out more about the attractions of Chilton, read Dreamcoat: A Savvy Haiku and Chilled in Chilton.

Then read every other post on this blog site because, having wormed my way out of the clutches of that tree, I have now established a very good rapport with it, and will be testing out how well it might respond to Jay Cool’s orders!


Image of ‘Freelance Writer’ by  mohamed Hassan from Pixabay.
Image of ‘Heart-shaped Tree’ by skeeze from Pixabay.

Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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