This day in history: July 26** …Got plans?

I love research. And as with anything, even fictional writing, you should know your facts. If you’re writing historical or regency romance you definitely have to get the facts straight, or else you will be getting letters and emails from your readers.

Even in contemporary romance, which is what I write, you have to get the facts straight. If your character was a teenager in 1980s, you certainly better know that Culture Club and Boy George, or Earth Wind and Fire, might have been one of the groups they were listening to, and not Maroon 5, since they weren’t even a band, yet.

I digress. Again.

As I said, I love research and history. So, I did a little digging and found a few historical events (and birthdays) that took place on July 26, in various years. I also tried to associate a weekend activity with these events.

•1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster. So, I thought a trip to the museum or planetarium always works.

1951 – Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom. Rent it or buy it and watch it with the little ones in your life, or by yourself!

Here are a few July 26 birthdays.

1909 – Vivian Vance, American actress (d. 1979) Enjoy “Ethel” and Lucy on “I Love Lucy” reruns or on DVD.
1922 – Blake Edwards, American film directorPink Panther, or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone?
1928 – Stanley Kubrick, American director (d. 1999) Feel like a scary movie, or something historical, watch his classic movies, “The Shining” or the original “Spartacus” with Kirk Douglas.
1973 – Kate Beckinsale, English actress – Do you hear “Underworld,” “Van Helsing” or “Serendipity”calling?

As for me, I will probably relax with a movie, starting with “Van Helsing,” (hey, I need a dose of Hugh Jackman) and then head to Barnes and Noble, grab a chai-tea latte, and see what’s new on the shelves and on NOOK. I’ll also take my dog, Poe, for a walk in the park, and then head home for a LONG nap! If my Sunday morning is as peaceful as Maroon 5’s, I won’t complain! 🙂

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy yourself and the journey.

See you Monday!

** Today is actually the 27th, but I reference the 26th. This is what happens when you write a blog the day before. In any case, the dates and facts are correct. I guess I thought I’d 1) get a jump on the weekend, yesterday or 2) make sure I had your attention!;-)

Either way, enjoy your weekend!

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Thank B&N it’s Friday!

For the obvious reasons, Friday is the best day of the week. People who work hard all week, finally get the chance to join in the universal yelp of TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday). There’s nothing more liberating than singing that phrase as you grab your coat, snatch up your car keys, run for the train, or hand your money to the bus driver.

The happiness that follows (even though you may have to share Saturday and Sunday with errands, little league, work around the house) is euphoric. And in the summer, forget it! The trek to the beach, barbeques, family outings for the most part begin on Friday!

What a day!

There is, however, another reason why I love Fridays: free online books—ranging from the classics to obscure—available at Barnes and Noble (B&N) . They’re primarily geared toward NOOK owners. However, everyone can download the NOOK app and benefit from this weekly offer. A true book lover’s haven.

There are some critics that may say the books are of less than best-selling stature, and THAT’S why they’re free. Maybe. But it’s still free! And you won’t have to pay good money for something you don’t like.

And who knows, even in the worst written book, there can be a kernel of knowledge, some piece of craft that helps you in your writing. Free Friday boards and blogs also provide recommendations, so you’re not totally wasting your time.

So indulge. Check out B&N’s Free Friday books. I’m going perusing later on today. I haven’t visited the site in a while, so I’m anxious to see what’s new. TGIF!

I’d love to hear about your favorite site for free online books.