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I want to thank Lor for having me here on her blog –squishes Lor-
Now for those of you who have been following the tour, you know that last week I tried to have an interview with Ronny and Cole on Sid Love’s blog and it got… interrupted. So we’re going to try again. And the guys have assured me that this time, they’re actually going to finish the interview.
And just in case they try not to, Lor has promised to help me tie them up.
Vicktor: What are 2 things that you must have with you every day?
Ronny: Well besides my mate and our children, I’d have to say my laptop and the Real Holy Bible. So many things happen every day and I need to have those things to stay in contact with people that maybe can’t talk freely and to know what to expect.
Cole: That’s more than 2 things, Danish.
Ronny: I said besides you and the children.
Cole: What about food?
Ronny: How about you answer the question?
Cole: As long as I have you and our children I don’t need anything else.
Vicktor: If you could change anything that has happened to you over the last year, what would it be?
Ronny: Nothing. It led me to Cole and gave me my new family and my children, why would I want to change that?
Cole: I have to agree. I wouldn’t change anything that has happened to us. I would change a lot of things that has happened to other people because of our own actions though. A lot of people lost their lives because of my actions. That fills me with guilt and remorse every day.
Ronny: You can’t change the past, Cole.
Cole: So what is the point of this question?
Vicktor: What do you do on a typical day?
Ronny: Well, I get up and feed the children and then I bathe them, get them dressed. Then I get them settled either watching a movie, or reading or something, and then I start reading The Real Bible. After that I go off to train with Kareen, Ryland and Titan. Then I come home and give the kids lunch, get them settled down for their naps, do some more reading, then I spend some time with the kids, usually Cole comes home and we all spend time together, we have dinner together, we put the kids together, then Cole and I have time together, you know adult time together, and then I go to bed.
Cole: The only difference is that I get up at three o’clock in the morning to go on patrol. I patrol the condo, the streets, the city of Gainesville, for hunters, lost and injured paranormals or Sons of Adam and I do that until I come to my family. I wear the police uniform of humans but I am actually operating under the order of my alpha and vampire master, Ryland.
Vicktor: Do you prefer Gainesville or do you miss New York or Goochland?
Ronny: (snorts) Are you kidding me? Of course I miss New York! New York was the epicenter of everything! But Goochland was where we met our friends and Gainesville is where we really became a family. So while I miss New York, Gainesville is home.
Cole: Gainesville is quiet. Sometimes it’s too quiet, but there are more open spaces, fields, much more grass. My lion loves it here. So I prefer Gainesville.
Ronny: I never thought of it like that. What the hell were you doing in New York?
Cole: Trying to blend in.
Vicktor: Can you please give us an idea on what you think is going to happen in the future?
Ronny: Humans are scared, so I really think that things are going to get worse before they get better. And I know that there’s a war coming. A big battle. But I’m not worried.
Vicktor: You’re not?
Ronny: No. I’m not. Because good always triumphs over evil in the end. And that’s what I’m focusing on. The fact that in the end, the good guys always end.
Cole: I think that a lot more of the Sons of Asilion, Atolium, Azon, Awheybus, Axilum, and Avus are going to find their mates among the Sons of Adam which is going to cause a lot more chaos but that, like Ronny said, in the end the good will triumph. In the end, love is more powerful. So love will inevitably conquer.
Vicktor: Do you have any favorite books or authors?
Ronny: I have a weakness for gay romance books. Any books I can get my hands on I read them. I especially love the paranormal ones. But I guess we can see why now.
Cole: I like Stephen King and Dan Brown. They’re probably the only authors I read.
Vicktor: So neither one of you reads my stuff?
(Ronny and Cole both shrug)
Vicktor: What’s your favorite position?
Ronny: On my back.
Vicktor: What is lion-style?
Cole: Anyway I do it.
Vicktor: Thank you both for being here and letting me finish out the interview with you both.
Ronny: Of course. It was our pleasure. (the sound of crying can be heard) And that’s my cue. Gotta go.
Cole: Not without me you don’t! Danish! Ronny! Ronald! Get back here! Ronald! (rushes off)
Vicktor: Why do they always rush off like that?
It seems strange to many people who don’t do a lot of writing, but one of the most enjoyable things, to me, is research. With so much of my writing dealing with history or current events in one way or another, I end up doing quite a lot of research. Actually, I may spend as much (or more) time researching than I do writing – which makes the writing generally go pretty fast, too.
With so much research on my plate, it stands to reason that every so often – in my case probably three or four times a month – I come across some very strange stuff. Some of it is funny, some dark and disgusting, and some of it just makes me scratch my head and ask “Seriously?” I would like to take the time to share some of it with you.
First off, a bit of North American military history. Fort Montgomery is located in Rouses Point, New York, near the northern end of Lake Champlain. Built in the 1840s, it saw use until it was sold at a public auction in 1926. Fort Montgomery was actually the second fort built at Rouses Point – wanting to prevent a repeat of the British invasion in 1814, the army started construction on a fort in 1816.
Construction was going well – President James Madison had even visited the site of the fort – until it was discovered that due to a survey error, the fort was not actually being built in New York. Rather, construction was taking place about three-quarters of a mile north of the border with British Canada. Nobody’s really sure why the mix-up happened (though many accounts claim that alcohol was involved, which wouldn’t surprise me), but needless to say, construction was halted.
In the end, the location of what became known as “Fort Blunder” played a role in the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which resolved several border issues between the United States and British Canada. The diplomats agreed to redraw the border where the abandoned fort would indeed be on American soil, and two years later, construction on what became Fort Montgomery started – this time, on American soil.
We’ll move from North America to Europe, and cover two curiosities from France over the years: the main key to the infamous Bastille, and a duke of Aquitaine with a name that probably belongs in a parody somewhere.. After the Bastille fell on 14 July 1789, the main key found its way into the hands of the new National Guard commander, Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette. His service in the American Revolution had greatly increased his prestige and given the nobleman a taste for liberty, leading to his acclamation as commander of the Guard in Paris.
The key was given to Thomas Paine, an English expat who would help ferment patriotic fervor in France as he had in America. From Paine, it slowly made its way to New York City via London, until John Rutledge, Jr. presented it to President George Washington about a year after the fortress fell. Washington kept it in his personal possession, and it can be found and viewed at his estate of Mount Vernon, just outside Washington, D.C.
For the last oddity, we’ll stay in France and travel back more than a thousand years. For much of the country’s history, France had been a series of counties, duchies and other realms under the nominal suzerainty of the Frankish (later French) king. While the terminology of the various regions varied, it was a given that they were pretty much autonomous.
One of the largest regions was the duchy of Aquitaine – indeed, Aquitaine was not originally a Frankish state, but a Gothic kingdom, and some of the later dukes would indeed style themselves as “king of Aquitaine.” The historical sources for many of these rulers are very limited, and in some cases, the only mentions we have of them are in documents that have since been proven to be forged.
One of these Aquitainian overlords of dubious veracity is Boggis (sometimes seen as Bohggis or Bodogisel). First found in a (forged) charter trying to tie a royal bloodline to a later duke, Odo the Great, Boggis was supposedly a grandson of the Merovingian king Clotaire II. While such a line would have indeed conferred a royal lineage on Odo (mentioned as a son of Boggis), the document was in fact proven to date some eight or nine hundred years after the charter’s supposed writing.
While this leaves us with no proof of the existence of Duke Boggis, it does leave us with a strange name that (to my knowledge, at least) has not been found anywhere else. This was one of those things that caused me to drove my legitimate research and see what I could dig up about this figure. Didn’t turn out to be that much – in fact, what you see above is pretty much everything I’d found on him. Real or not, he’s a part of the historical record – if only as an amusing footnote.
I’ve been writing for more than a decade, and in that time, I’ve found many interesting things. Some of it has made its way into my writing, some of it has been forgotten, and some of it is retained for times such as these. It’s a small reminder that when researching and writing, never be surprised by what you find. All these strange findings have merely confirmed my agreement with Arthur C. Clarke. In the introduction to2001: A Space Odyssey, he noted that no matter how far-fetched your story may seem, “…the truth, as always, will be far stranger.”
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