After receiving comments from a couple of people reading my manuscript, I have decided to keep Nikki as she is, tone down some of the romantic tension in there to keep it firmly "upper middle grade" and move on to working on the last half of the story, which needs some serious work. Thank you to all of you who listened to me go on and on about the pros and cons of Nikki v. Nick. I thought you deserved to know the outcome!
I probably will be posting even less than before (is that possible?) because of time contraints while work (not on my writing, on assessment writing) is busy. But thanks to Dawn for her lovely Sisterhood Award and for calling me her Writer Friend. :) That just made my day.