Connecting Readers with Finger Lakes Authors

Diary of an Intern – Installment #3

Yay, we did it! Oh, right, it’s me, the intern. But we had our first in person FLARE literary festival and it was great! I had some great conversations with authors and representatives of local writing organizations and overall had a good time.  It was a little intense sometimes, because even for all of my experience working and volunteering for events like this, for this one I had the most

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Internship Diary Entry #2

Hi all, it’s me, the intern. Welp, I’m almost to the “frontlines” as it were, and thank goodness for that. Events are great, love events, I can work at an event all day. Standing around, answering questions, delegating requests, and covering other people’s bathroom breaks is easy. I’ve worked in a restaurant before. But everything that goes into the preparation of the event so that it goes well? That’s hard

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From the Intern’s Desk

Hello all, it’s me, the intern.  I suppose you’re wondering how or why some twenty something brat is writing a blog post for an organization about local and experienced authors connecting with each other and their communities. Well, primarily it’s to document my unique perspective of the journey all writers and members of the organization go through. When one tells the story of how they went from no experience to

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Squirrels in My Pants

I woke up this morning with a song from Phineas and Ferb in my head: Squirrels in My Pants.  All squirrels aside, it’s a beautiful spring morning and I’m looking forward to meeting with our Keuka College Field Period student, John Bond. We have a lot of ground and details to cover, so I’m trying to get organized, get my thoughts together, get myself into the shower. Those pesky squirrels are distracting me.

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When you just can’t get words down…

It’s a dreary day. I’m off work on a vacation day. Before I fell asleep last night, my last thought was, I’m going to start Chapter 5 tomorrow. And then I woke up this morning, put out Jim’s birthday cards and gifts, fed my horses, ate breakfast, did today’s Wordle, sent the agenda for tomorrow’s FLARE executive committee meeting, hung out the feeders for the Baltimore orioles, hummingbirds, and gold

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Summer on the Finger Lakes

As summer approaches I am looking forward to heading over to the Finger Lakes for our first in-person FLARE event. I am also looking forward to seeing some family while I am there, and, of course, that brings up fond memories of my youth. My uncle was the pastor of the tiny church in Hector New York. I spent a few weeks with my cousins in the summer of 1967.

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Peeking Behind the Wizard’s Curtain

Who are the wizards working the levers behind the F.L.A.R.E. curtain? Well, wonder no more! Introducing your F.L.A.R.E. team. Laurie Gifford Adams. F.L.A.R.E. is the brainchild of author Laurie Gifford Adams. Laurie has published multiple YA books including the well-traveled volume Finding Atticus, and two collaborations with Scott Driscoll, a member of the Connecticut Capitol police force, that focus on keeping our young people safe in the virtual landscape. Her

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Why Our Readers Matter

Here are some interesting stats for you. There are 129,864,880 published books in the world. (That number written out is one hundred twenty-nine MILLION, eight hundred sixty four THOUSAND, eight hundred and eighty.) That would be a great number if it had a dollar sign in front of it and was written on a check with an author’s name in the “Pay to the order of” section, but when you’re

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