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,