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Racing The Blue Monarch - Lap by Lap Notes

Seduced by Story

June 30, 2015

Tags: Shirley Jackson, author, horror, macabre, Racing the Blue Monarch, Michael J. Daley, story, reading, sci-fi, The New Yorker, biography, The Lottery, Like Mother Used to Make, captivated, silverware, tableware, romance, genre, willful suspension of disbelief, race car, kids, solar power, solar energy, environmental, writer, short story, ambiguity, mystery

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…)

Junior Solar Sprint Racing

April 17, 2015

Tags: Racing the Blue Monarch, solar race car, thriller, kids, Michael J. Daley, building, racing, models, engineering, mentor, competition, pizza box solar oven, Junior Solar Sprint Racing, NREL, science, racing, confidence, renewable energy, hands-on, manual skills, character building

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…)

Test Laps about to begin at Authorfest

April 6, 2015

Tags: cape elizabeth authorfest, racing, Michael J. Daley, Racing the Blue Monarch, racing the blue monarch, self-publishing, serial novel, laps, solar energy, website, library, middle school, kids, computer programming, sample chapters, radiometer, donations

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…)

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