Do YOU Have a REAL ID?

Beginning in October of 2020, you won’t be be able to fly unless you have a REAL ID. After the terror attacks on the U.S. in 9/2001, Congress enacted a law that requires specific types of identification for people to access federal facilities, fly on commercial aircraft that is federally regulated, and to enter nuclear power plants. In most states, when you present specific types of documentation at the time you obtain or renew your driver’s license, it will be marked with a star as REAL ID-compliant. For specific information, visit TSA online for all the details:    

Get it Write December 2019 is now available

You can get a sneak preview of my newsletter, Get it Write, by clicking this link: If you ever miss a copy of either of my newsletters, just visit the Newsletters link in the link bar at the top of any page in the website.    

My Take on the BEST Writing Tool

I attended the New England Crime Bake last month for the second year in a row. Once again, I came home with the BEST advice and innumerable insights that have helped me immeasurably with my writing. This year, one of the panelists at a workshop I attended, a multi-published author, mentioned that she uses Scrivener to write her books and wouldn’t consider writing a book using any other tools/software. I checked the software out, was impressed, and downloaded the free trial. What appealed to me about the software was its claims that I could not only write my book in

10 Toughest State Laws re: Texting and Driving

Texting is a form of risky, or distracted driving. Experts say that when you’re sending or receiving a text, the average length of time your eyes are off the road is 5 seconds. Five seconds doesn’t sound like a long time. And maybe it isn’t. But taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds while you text is the equivalent of driving your car at 55 mph, the entire length of a football field … blindfolded! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a webpage devoted to Risky Driving, just in case you’re interested in statistics about any

Seeking Your Advice…

If you have 3 to 5 minutes to spare, I’d love for you to answer a 10-question survey about the products and services you’d like to see me provide. Here’s the link on Survey Monkey: Thanks!      

What Motivates You?

I’ve always been fascinated by what makes people do what they do and say what they say. What motivates them. How and why they respond to others. It’s a really important trait to have as a writer of fiction … and as a salesperson or teacher. Nothing is more surprising than when a quiet, normally reticent person suddenly decides to open up and share a dirty joke … or when a blabbermouth sits through an interaction quietly and can’t find the words to describe it. Introverts aren’t shy, and sociable people aren’t always extraverts. Because I’m loud, talkative, and outgoing

Free Will or Fate?

The debate about whether we choose or own paths or they’ve been mapped out for us has been around a long time. Longer than I have, surely. Let me be clear: I’m a firm believer that we wind up at our destinations because of the decisions we make. I’m an equally firm believer in destiny. This might seem like a contradiction, but it isn’t. We’re all meant to encounter certain people in our lives and achieve certain goals–that’s the part controlled by fate. We make mistakes along the way and not only does the nature of each mistake shape us,

Drones: Do You Know the New Rules?

If you own a drone, you should know the FAA has rules and regulations that require virtually all drones to be registered. Regardless of whether your drone needs to be registered, it needs to comply with regulations concerning flight in the National Airspace System. Are you flying a drone for recreational purposes? As a modeler? For business? Everything you need to know about drone registration and requirements can be found on the FAA’s website by clicking here. Keep in mind that rules have been changing rapidly. In fact, one of the most recent rule changes relates to ADS-B technology. Automatic