Connecting Readers with Finger Lakes Authors

Dipping the Toes in the Author Waters

Greetings to the FLARE blog from the newest Keuka College Field Period® student. Myname is Cassian – though I usually go by Cas – and while I was born in Binghamton and go toschool at Keuka, I’ve lived most of my life, and continue to live, in Pennsylvania in what isactually the only “town” in the state, Bloomsburg. Though I really would love to be an author inthe future, I

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The Joy of Getting High

I bet THAT got your attention! Disclaimer: it’s not what you think. Stick with me, here, as I lead you through this examination of the physiology of reading. What is your all-time favorite book? What book have you read over and over, even though you could probably now rewrite it yourself because you know it inside and out? I have one of those books; it’s Homesong by LaVyrle Spencer. I

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What is it About Cozies?

Merriam Webster’s definition of the word “cozy”:Enjoying or affording warmth and ease; marked by or providing contentment orcomfort; marked by the intimacy of the family or a close group. When I decided to write Murder in the Museum, the first mystery in my Edmund DeClerykseries, there was no question that it would be a Cozy. I had no idea what the market was forthis type of book even though my own reading

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It’s 2024 and F.L.A.R.E. is Bursting at the Seams

It’s crazy to realize that we’re working our way into the fifth year of F.L.A.RE.’s existence, but here we are! What started out as a handful of local authors we coaxed into calling themselves F.L.A.R.E. members has blossomed into a pretty awesome author and reader network. To date, F.L.A.R.E. has over 80 authors affiliated with the group. Many of those authors are also members of writing and critique groups independent

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An Unsure Beginning

Greetings, As you read this, questions may arise about who this person is, feeding you information about themselves and why they’re here when you probably have better things to do. To respond to these metaphorical (and most definitely 100% real) questions, I offer both advice, and a challenge. I always commit to finishing a piece of writing when I start it, and so I challenge you to do the same

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The Uncomfortable Author Waiting Game

It’s probably one of the bravest things we authors do. We set up a table with our books, then carefully sculpt a display to be visually appealing. Then we wait. With the clock ticking in our heads, we wait for readers to show interest in our babies – AKA our books. It doesn’t matter if we’re the only author set up hoping to sell books to new readers or if

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Gearing Up For An Exciting 2023

F.L.A.R.E. is still a new group, but we are mighty, and three years after our first big FLARE event, we’re proud to say that we’re living our mission: … to highlight and promote Finger Lakes authors and foster a deeper connection with readers. Our main goal or objective is connecting readers with Finger Lakes authors. We have several events planned this year where our authors will sell and sign books.

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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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