If you've been keeping track of Just Write Books' news feeds, you may have noticed an uptick in social media engagement- photos, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog posts, that sort of thing.
That would be my doing. My name's Ben, and I've been handling Just Write Books' social media since September of 2019. That's the bulk of what I've been doing, but strictly speaking, I'm Nancy Randolph's assistant. That means I've done about a hundred different things since I've started here, from whipping up social media copy to blog posting to scheduling to editing to actual copying to photography. I took pictures of mountain lions on this job! How cool is that?!
As for me, I get up to all kinds of stuff. I got involved with Nancy through my talents in writing and art, when the Merrymeeting Adult Ed class on narrative arts got together to write a bunch of stories to be published as the anthology Maine After Twilight. I submitted two pieces of art and a sci-fi horror short story.
I thought it turned out pretty good, and Nancy liked it, and you can check out the book here. As of this writing, I'm working on more sci-fi, a space western this time. Writing science fiction is really my primary drive, but that's not my only trick.
I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and for the last eight years or so I've been building costumes based on characters from comic books, video games, and Star Wars. More recently, I've turned my visual design eye to fashion, making jackets and basing outfits on pop culture characters.
Needless to say, I keep busy.
You might be asking, what’s working for Nancy like? It’s been a fascinating experience. Aside from the wide range of tasks I’ve done since starting here, it’s great working a job where I get to flex my creative muscles, even if it’s not the way I always intend. Between the writing and photography and all the different projects I’m always on my toes, and Nancy is a fascinating person to work for.