Natasha McNeely's Author Blog

Never stop dreaming, 'cause the day you stop dreaming, is the day you stop living.


Similarities: What are hobbies and relaxation to you?

Prior to this blog, I wrote a post titled Oddities: What is relaxation? in which I mentioned different options for relaxation and asked for your personal preferences on how to relax or what to do while doing such. What I did not discuss in that blog is how hobbies often meld into relaxation. Hobbies are things you enjoy and therefore ideal when it comes to wanting to take a step back from reality.

For many bloggers, reading or writing are enjoyable and help us stay calm and escape into a different world. Others prefer watching a show or movie, perhaps venturing forth into a video game world. In the end, it does not come down to what you do, but how much it means to you and that you have fun doing it.

If you don’t have fun doing something, how can you expect it to help you avoid the stress life causes?

My collection

My collection of books on Ancient Egypt and everything around it; extremely helpful for relaxing.

What you do isn’t important, so long as you enjoy it and it helps you. If you need to read an 800 page book, because your hobby is reading and it’s the best way to do it; go for it! It’s your choice what you do. Stay home for a day and read; take out that dusty manuscript and see if you can work on it some more.

Make a decision and stick with it. Be stubborn. Fight against the norm. It’s your life and whether people agree with your way of taking time for yourself or not, that’s their problem. Your life is yours to live, not theirs. Pick up a book, a pen, a controller or strike a pose. Whatever you do, remember to go for it and don’t stop.

Stay honest with yourself when it comes to what you want to do and what you don’t.

Honesty is what will keep you going.

Do your hobbies match up to what you do to relax? What are they?


Journey to Ancient Depths: Tutankhamun

Anyone who knows me personally is aware of my intense fascination with Ancient Egyptian history. Because of this, my parents and I ventured to the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Cologne, Germany on May 21st. I originally intended to write about it shortly after getting back, but it slipped my mind. To make up for it, I will write about the day now.

The day started with a two-hour drive before we made it to the exhibition. I’ll skip the boring stuff and get straight to the exhibition. Upon arrival, we each received a small recorder and a headset. The creators numbered each section of the exhibition; pressing the number on the recorder started a discussion between two Egyptologists about the items in that section.

It started with general items and texts about Tutankhamen. From there, we moved on to two short films about how Howard Carter discovered the tomb, funded by Lord Carnarvon. It is amazing how lucky, one could say, Carter was, as he found the tomb on the last dig Lord Carnarvon wished to fund. Once can only wonder; what would have happened if he had not located the tomb then? Would we know about it now, or would it still lay beneath the desert sand, in the Valley of The Kings?

After the videos, the next part of the exhibition showed the antechamber, burial chamber and treasury of Tutankhamun’s tomb exactly how they were found in 1922. Following that came a large hall with each item from those chambers showcased, either alone or in groups of items that belonged together.

The world-wide known mask of Tutankhamun, recreated down to the smallest detail.

Throughout the time we spent there, I examined every object and listened to each part of the tape that went with them. Luckily for my parents and I, the tapes also came in English and not just in German. Not only did I see much of the Egyptian art and architecture; I learned so much about their history and the meaning behind what they created.

The God of Cemeteries and Embalming stares into your very soul.

The day took my breath away; seeing everything there was to see has inspired me for my writing and ignited my passion for Ancient Egypt and its pantheon even further. Since then, I have delved into my books on their history more often and find myself more drawn to anything that concerns them. The legend of Tutankhamun is an intriguing tale, in and of itself, but it is just the beginning of Egypt’s wonders. The intricate detail they placed in everything they did – the politics, religion and so much more. There is so much to learn and I eagerly spend my time doing so.

I will learn. And one day, I will portray this entrancing history in my writing.

What is your one historical passion that intrigues you more than anything else? Share and discuss!


Dodging the Law

Or, in the case, teachers.

I’m typing this in the middle of English class, bored out of my mind. We’re on the computers, so I figured; what better to do than start writing a blog?

Go away, teacher. Stay towards the front of the class.

We’re practising business conversations – hotel reservations and the like.

Speaking of writing; I have written lately, but my time dispersed all over the place between college, writing, my job and moving. We’re moving at the end of the month and we’ve already been packing and moving things to the new house. My poor books – they’re probably so lonely without me. I know I feel alone without them.

I am working on settling back into a regular schedule when it comes to updating my blog. The next two or three weeks will be a little rough as teachers are piling on last-minute tests before the summer holidays, but then I’ll sort things.

Once a week, Natasha. Once a week.

I’ve said that a lot before, but I promise it’ll become reality.

The teacher isn’t even paying attention to me.

That’s all I have to say right this moment; this is just a quick update to let you know what’s been going on. Saturday will be great! My parents and I will be heading to Cologne to see the Exhibition of Tutankhamun’s tomb. It’ll be a nice day out, something I really need after all the school work.

Expect an awe-filled blog not long after Saturday. I can’t promise I’ll hide my ecstasy and have millions of things I need to get off my chest.


How do you handle mixing college or work with writing and regular patterns, or goals? What would you recommend others to do?