Hello and welcome. My name is Paschal’Simon MacMurray. I am a freelance writer, graphic artist, web designer, translator and artisan. My home base is small and mighty Jeffersonville, Vermont, at the foot of Smugglers Notch. I came to the US from Montreal in 1990, citizen since 1998. I grew up among theater sets and stage actors. My mother was an actress and the voice of Charlie Brown in French. And since you are wondering, I am a gal with a tomboy’s name, and a great love for reading and writing.
I studied Arts, Communications and the Psychology of Visual Communication at Concordia University, in Montreal. I have since studied business and project management, technical writing, database design, social media ethics and marketing. I’ve been a theater properties master, gift shop manager, office manager, commercial website manager, retail and gift show display designer and records manager.
Around 1999, I began managing online orders for one of the largest online homestead and garden supplies stores in Vermont. I soon developed training tools and procedure guides to assist us in navigating the complex order processing system. Facebook and Blogging platforms were growing into powerful channels for businesses then. I promptly enrolled in classes and began publishing weekly blog articles for the homestead supplies business, and managing their Facebook page. I’ve been writing articles and copy, doing translations, designing websites, managing Facebook pages and creating graphics and marketing materials for various businesses ever since.
Between 2004 and 2009, I enrolled in more classes, to learn database design this time, and had the privilege of designing a records management database and process for a health care facility. My freelance career expanded within a year of completing this assignment and following the unexpected passing of my husband in 2010. We had a dog who was really “Daddy’s pup.” He and the sudden change of circumstances were instrumental in my decision to pursue freelance work. I could not give that lovely and meaningful creature up, so I became a work-at-home mom.
158 Main, a very popular Smugglers Notch area restaurant, gave me my first long-term assignment when Chef Foley hired me to manage its Facebook page, in 2011. I continue to work for 158 Main and have since designed a new website, started a weekly Blog with over 300 articles published to date, and designed the 158 Main Catering website as well.
In spring 2019, I added a new local client: The Farm Store, also in Jeffersonville. We worked on new display case signs, labels for specialty boxes offered at a local resort, and new gift certificates. I designed and launched their new website in early September. Also in 2019, I had the great pleasure of designing new websites for the Second Congregational Church (Jeffersonville) and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Jericho). I now manage their Facebook pages as well.
Until now, most projects took shape from word of mouth and I found I never had to advertise, a fact for which I am most grateful. However, I thought it was time I take advantage of a momentarily lighter workload to finally set up shop on the Internet. The New England Scribe Website was launched on August 3, 2019, just days following the untimely passing of my canine son, ironically. And once more, a life challenge opens a door as this means I now have time to take on more work.
My extensive experience with data and project management, customer service, retail and office management provides the backdrop and sensitivity that inspire my writing and design of marketing materials for business and for pleasure.
Specialties: Social media ethics, social media content writing, copy writing, editing and technical writing, Translation (English/French), graphic design, website design and management, document and information management, workspace and project management, custom how-to guides, policies & procedures.
Also visit: PS MacMurray | Whimsical Art
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