It’s not you, it’s me.

No, we’re not breaking up. But I do need space to explore new goals. I’m taking a six month hiatus from The Foggy Shore blog.

Not to say that I won’t post at all. It’s simply that my focus is going to shift, so I’ll post as time and inclination allows. I do have several comics in the works – they’re damn funny, and you won’t want to miss them. I’ll share those as I finish them.

But now, and for the next six months, my focus is going to be on my writing… I mean my other writing. Writing my book, the book I’ve wanted to write for years. The one about living and recovering from post concussion syndrome. It’s time to slog through my past, try to give it shape, and put it on the page for others to read and understand.

I realized last week that I wasn’t going to finish my book if I don’t give it my sole attention. I was sitting at this same computer, writing about one of the several times I felt suicidal the first year or so after my injury. Tears running down my face, sobbing, full of sorrow, but really wanting to get it out there. Writing like that isn’t fun, but it is necessary for my purposes.

I am human, so I tend to avoid pain and pursue pleasure. Writing for my blog, which are snippets of specific recent incidents and my experience in those moments, feels much more pleasurable than getting into the trenches of my past. So. If I keep having blog posting on my to-do list, I’m going to keep struggling to “find the time” to make the other, more difficult stuff, happen.

That’s the number one reason. The number two reason is this. Any person who deals with mental fatigue issues knows multitasking is difficult. Or, rather, simply impossible. I’ve been trying to switch my attention between my book for a week, then to my blog for a week, and then back to my book again. Each time, it takes a day or two for me to mentally transition my brain and thinking patterns. The result is I’m not gaining momentum for either of these activities, making it harder to accomplish what I want.

So. Here we are.

You are welcome to email or message me. I still want to connect. If we know each other outside of the electronic jungle, please feel free to call or email or text or video chat or meet me in person to catch up. I’d love to.

It’s hard to believe something I set in stone 18 months ago – putting up blog posts on a schedule – is changing. And harder still to believe I’m taking a break after 4 years and 8 months of this being my lifeline to the world. I’ll probably freak out a little later on about it, and I’ll probably have a bit of a rough time adjusting, but I will.

Thank you, all of you, who have read and commented and cared about my blog over the past 4+ years. You helped me to stay sane and feel like what I have to say is important. I would not have made it without your attention and support. I will always be thankful for that, this blog, and you. Blessed be.


Stella kindly doesn’t let my pile of papers with book ideas get in the way of our quality time.

About csequoia

I am the writer of The Foggy Shore blog, with a professional background in Environmental Science. Right now, I'm working on a book about living and healing from post concussion syndrome.
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6 Responses to Hiatus

  1. Marie says:

    I shall miss your bloggs/posts but your moving on which is a good thing I wish you well in your venture and hopefully I will be privliged to read your book when you publish
    Thank you
    This will be like missing a friend

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  2. Best of luck to you.

    Two weeks ago, my car was rear-ended when I stopped for a pedestrian in a cross walk and the driver behind me didn’t. My worst fear came true: another concussion. I had been so careful the past 4+ years since my TBI but this one was wholly out of my control. Still, damn it all to hell.


    • csequoia says:

      Thanks. And I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. How frustrating and horrible! I hope you are able to recover quickly and have your noggin work well again soon. Blessed be.


  3. Best of luck to you! Can’t wait to read your comics and your book!!! i’ve been toying with the idea of a short-story/book as well but purely fiction. i look forward to hearing about the writing process.

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  4. tonipcs says:

    I’m happy for you Charlie. Your posts have been so right on target and I really connected to you.
    I too am 👀 ng forward to changes in my life. I’m also into comedy and trying to get the nerve to go back on stage as I did before my mTBI. At least I keep myself and friends in stitches. That sure does count.
    I hope you keep your family of fans posted as to your writings in the future. In the meantime……..take good care of yourself. You are terrific. And again I’m so happy for you.
    💜 Toni aka Antonia

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