Writing, cataloging, and researching: Another post about THE FUTURE

For those of you who are wondering about how my library software is working out, it is still wonderful, and the more I use it, the more wonderful it becomes to me. I have received my barcode scanner, and with a simple swipe, I can upload ten books in as many seconds.

I have always had a passion for books, for writing, for literature, and for libraries. In case you cannot tell, it is my one of my deepest desires to have a large library in my home, both for personal enrichment and for sharing different types of literature with my friends, family, and eventually (in the very faaaaar future, at such a distance as to be  almost un-thought-of) my own children.

One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, has recently won the Carnegie medal for one of his children’s books.

Here is a link to his wonderful acceptance speech, which also talks about the importance of libraries: LINK

(See what I just did there? I used the example of a real, live, medal-winning author to loosely support my purchase of that software and prove to you that I am not crazy, no, I am investing in the future!)

When last I spoke to you of  THE FUTURE (that awful thing, full of potential I’m not quite sure how to tap, but refusing to leave me alone long enough to sit back and enjoy the present), I mentioned that I am interested in going to Grad school for writing. I have been wavering back and forth between a few different options. Do I want an MFA in Playwriting, an MFA in Creative Writing, an MFA in Screenwriting, or some sort of Journalism masters degree?

All of these degrees have their merits, and their drawbacks. For instance, I am really interested in playwriting, and have taken two classes on it, and seem to have some skill in it, but most people cannot live off of being a playwright.

I think I have somewhat narrowed this list down and here is my maybe, sorta-kinda, possible, tentative, plan.

At this point I feel most drawn to an MFA in screenwriting. This uses my background in theatre, my passion for film, gives me a slightly more marketable degree (screenwriting is a field that is screaming for more talented women), and I have no experience with screenwriting so I would (theoretically) learn the most.

The only thing keeping me from committing 100% to this choice is that I have not researched the very broad world of journalism yet.

I have a short list of schools I am going to apply to no matter what, most for screenwriting and a couple for Creative Writing.

I will be doing a lot of Creative Writing in my life, but I am not sure I need an entire master’s degree on it. (Yes, I need oceans and mountains and solar systems of improvement, but I think the way to get that is just to write.)

In the very long term I want to become a Professor at a University (hello, Doctorate degree) so I need a Master’s now. I don’t want to wait and just work, because if I am breaking into any field (especially in media) I want to start as young as possible.

I still need to write, I know it.

I will be selling all of my organs in the black market and still owe the world one million dollars in order to get these degrees, but at least I will be getting the degrees that I want.

So what if I end up homeless and naked under a bridge somewhere? I’ll be the smartest bum you’ve ever met, and I’ll know that I have done what I need to do.

My life mantra: Everyone gets exactly what they need exactly when they need it.

Therefore it is my job to research, fill out applications, and then sit back and allow myself to go where I need to be. If, for some reason, I don’t get accepted to any of the billions (several) colleges I am applying to, then I will know that I am wrong. But I just don’t feel like I am.

I will let you know when I have more information, for now I do have to take the GRE on the 23rd of October. I’m rather excited, it’s been quite a while since I have had to take a standardized test, and I quite enjoy them.

Have a lovely, positive, evening,




7 thoughts on “Writing, cataloging, and researching: Another post about THE FUTURE

  1. Woo! I’m excited that someone besides me enjoys standardized tests 🙂 Good luck on your GRE’s! And, for what its worth, I vote yes on screenwriting. That sounds awesome for you!

  2. Emilie,
    If you go for a journalism degree, do it because you like news writing, and not because you expect to make a living. It’s a great field for learning, but crap for earning — employers tend to pay less and less every year. That’s one reason that most reporters, editors, and news anchors end up in PR at some point in their careers, as I did. I’m with Sam — go for the screenwriting!

  3. While you apply to the billions of schools, keep in mind that you don’t want to apply to any schools that you don’t really want to go to. It seems like common sense, I know, but safety and outside pressure often eliminate that particular input.
    Love the city, love the program, love the curriculum and challenges….then apply. You’ll find the right fit for you, and don’t settle for anything less.

  4. Thanks all!
    Ali–Yes, I am only applying to schools that interest me. Can’t afford to do otherwise (app fees are pretty steep).

    Pam–what is this “make a living” thing you are talking about?

    Sam–Thanks and thanks. I am really thinking I am wanting to go this route.

  5. Vaguely related to this post…..

    I am rather jealous that you have this amazing program. WHERE did you get it and HOW can I get one??? (and… was it expensive???)

    • I got it on the internet, collectorz.com. There is a link to it in my previous blog post. It was about $50 for the ‘pro’ version and $30 for the ….not-pro? version. You can get one by giving them money and downloading. If you’re not sure you want to commit, you can download a trial version that will let you upload 100 books before shutting off.
      If you want a barcode scanner you have to buy one separately, but you can get them very inexpensively on ebay or amazon.

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