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Racing The Blue Monarch - Lap by Lap Notes

How COOL is this!!

June 4, 2015

Tags: Racing the Blue Monarch, Michael J. Daley, Junior Solar Sprint Racing, Maine Energy Education Program, t-shirt, artist, designer, racing, Amber Carr, Michael Loughlin, Peter Zack, Maine, Rockland, Owls Head Transportation Museum, race day

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…)

Incentive prizes Past, Present & Futuristic

April 22, 2015

Tags: incentive, prize, Society of Arts, X-prize, invention, Michael J. Daley, innovation, Industrial Revolution, pre-industrial, contest, challenge, Xtreme, Racing the Blue Monarch, imagination, gasket heads, amp heads, racing, technological, mechanical, LaGrange point, space, self-publishing

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…)

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…)

Authorfest or Retailing Your Heart

April 13, 2015

Tags: authorfest, Jessie Haas, Michael J. Daley, retail, sales, public, humiliation, girls, boys, books, authors, racing, raffle, thriller, subscription, story, Racing the Blue Monarch, Shanghaied to the Moon, At Home With the Sun, advertising, Beach Socks, enthusiasm, pizza box solar oven

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…)

Cover Concept for Racing the Blue Monrach

April 9, 2015

Tags: self-publishing, illustration, artist, Michael J. Daley, Racing the Blue Monarch, racing, NASCAR, Daytona, serial novel, racing fans, team, installments, solar race car

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…)

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…)

Approaching the starting line....

April 2, 2015

Tags: solar race car, racing, self-publishing, solar energy, Michael J. Daley, Racing the Blue Monarch, prius repair, DIY, NASCAR, serial novel, thriller

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…)

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