August 3, 2015
Now I feel like Dickens must have each week as the deadline for the next entry in his ongoing serial came due. Before this I have had the luxury of a nearly completed manuscript of Racing the Blue Monarch to draw on. But with this final installment, there are a few loose ends...like 2 (more…)
June 30, 2015
On the eve of sending out the first installment of Racing the Blue Monarch, I was excited to open a collection of stories by an unknown (to me) author and immediately become captivated by her work. Why? Because that's exactly what I hope happens to every single person who happens to begin reading one (more…)
June 10, 2015
Happy to report my collaboration with local independent booksellers gained the notice of Publishers Weekly (to read full article click on my smiling face) a very important book trade journal. With just 20 days until the green flag flies on the first installment, this national notice will be very helpful in garner growing interest (more…)
June 4, 2015
One of Racing the Blue Monarch's first fans is an old friend from my solar energy advocacy days, Peter Zack. He works with the Maine Energy Education Program (http://www.meepnews.org/). They are sponsoring the 2015 Owls Head Finals of the state-wide Junior Solar Sprint competitions in Maine. The qualifying cars will race at (more…)
May 29, 2015
You won't want to miss an article in the Apr/May 2015 issue of Vermont Woman (www.vermontwoman.com) called "Racey Women" by Amy Brooks Thornton. This piece profiles four feisty Vermont ladies who have hit the tracks and left some serious skid marks in the mostly male world of race car driving. Each of (more…)
May 6, 2015
To continue the theme of marketing as my promotional efforts increase... Jessie and I recently spoke to a children's literature class at a local community college. The teacher asked if we could speak a bit about the self-publishing process and its challenges. Sadly, this question gave me my shining moment of writerly rhetoric. I (more…)
April 29, 2015
My latest EV - not just stories emerge from the imagination!
As I begin the marketing efforts for Racing the Blue Monarch in earnest, I'm getting two reactions to releasing it as a serialized novel. The best one is Neat-O (or its age-appropriate equivalent) accompanied with a certain excitement for both the story and the format. The other reaction is a bit more challenging – simply, (more…)
April 22, 2015
The encouragement of invention and innovation though incentives has a long history going at least as far back as pre-industrial society, according to Brooke Hindle in his fascinating book, EMMULATION AND INVENTION. Certainly, the X-prizes of today can be traced directly back to the English Society of Arts formed in 1754. The Society's full title (more…)
April 17, 2015
Racing the Blue Monarch is billed as a near-future solar race car thriller, but as the inventor Henson tells Scooter, our skeptical main character, “these cars already exist”. And guess what? Kids are building them AND racing them! We're talking models here – which is the starting point to all real engineering.
These kids in (more…)
April 13, 2015
We must face it squarely – there's a sort of terrible humiliation involved in trying to make direct sales to the public. As you sit there in your booth at authorfest, behind your colorful, dynamic, wonderful display of your works, you are confronted with the stark fact that most people – and I mean like almost (more…)
April 9, 2015
The first stab at a cover concept arrived Monday from my sister-in-law artist, Martha Haas. You can see it here and also posted already on my website...a way better place holder than my feeble effort with a little yellow background and a nice font for the title! Besides capturing the total cool of (more…)
April 6, 2015
You can win this radiometer at Authorfest!
A test run is fast approaching for this whole concept of trying to self-publish Racing the Blue Monarch as a serialized digital novel. Jessie and I will be attending the Cape Elizabeth, Maine Authorfest this coming Saturday along with about 60 other authors. That's quite a crowd and standing out in it will be a (more…)
April 2, 2015
MIT's Eleanor...the real thing!
Two significant events mark the launch of this blog that will be gabbing about developments around my efforts to self-publish my near future solar race car thriller RACING THE BLUE MONARCH along with other kinds of tidbits about solar energy and solar car racing.
One of those events is solar. The other is electrical. Both are environmental. (more…)