Sienna Eggler

A writer more at home with the supernatural than the mundane.

After several scares (including one ER visit) brought on by what I later learned was GERD, my partner bought me a Fitbit to monitor my health rate and general health. I subsequently made a goal to lose fifty pounds and get back to my old weight. This was around August to December, and November was when I was struck with persistent sinus infections that only eased up when I was tested for allergies last month.

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My last post was written when I was feeling down, but today was much better in comparison. I chalk that up to several things, like a sudden rush of muse for a few of my stories, and my autism diagnosis interview. I already knew I was autistic, and never would’ve gotten beyond the screening process if I wasn’t. But it was still very affirming to actually hear it said, and by someone who’s autistic herself and specializes in the subject.

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Every now and then, a fleeting thought of a bad memory or encounter with a former friend or lover comes to mind and ruins my day. But that was yesterday, when I gave in to temptation and was unfortunately alone with my thoughts for most of the day.

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Now that I’m on the tail end of my first round of edits (the hard part, as a lot of it involves rewriting), I’m starting to feel really good about my novella as a whole. What amuses me most is how I went from 45k to 40k, and 25 chapters to 20. I had to delete two chapters to make that happen, and combined the rest.

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It's very basic and could use a little WD-40, but I love my treadmill. It's helping me achieve my step goal of 10k a day, much needed as I'm indoors most of the time. I used to walk a lot, and consistently, but this was back when I lived in rural Georgia and not a big city, like Cleveland. The metroparks are a huge plus, but it’s not something I can do everyday, especially with covid and winter storms swiftly approaching.

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I used to make New Year's Resolutions, with a mix of doable and difficult to achieve tasks. The biggest for years was always “make some friends”. But I kept hitting a wall; it’s a mix of introversion, awkwardness, and living life completely oblivious to the fact that I’m autistic. It makes a ton of sense now, but I can’t say I’ve gotten this friendship thing under control.

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