_Often times aspiring authors will point at Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer or whoever the “it” author happens to be at the time and decry the dilemma of writing down to the masses or writing true, powerful, literary prose.
_Personally, I found the first few paragraphs of “Dead until Dark” brutally bad.  But ten books later, I was still caught up in the exploits of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ world of vampire, werewolf and fairy politics interwoven with the actual historical events affecting the Deep South in the first decade of this century.

The last two weeks have been a monumental roller coaster ride.  I mean that quite literally since we did visit Washington DC and the amusement park.  For two weeks, I spent as much time as I possibly could with my four children who came to visit from Oregon where they live with their mother.