Here's a cool app that will help you construct the world of historical characters: Video Time Machine. Since the novel I'm writing now is set in two time frames, 1963 and 1951, and since I was 3 in 1963, I need help visualizing clothes, cars, houses, politics. This app allows me to select the year and then the news, sports, advertizing, and more. Wow, it is amazing. Just saying.