I would have liked to post this sooner, but life intrudes.
I didn't meet Niki Massey until she joined The Orbit, and only knew her online (different continents and all that). I regret not meeting her sooner and knowing her longer, especially knowing that she had been blogging for a few years. In our conversations on her blog, by email and by facebook, I liked her immediately, and surprisingly she put up with me.
She was definitely not afraid to say what she thought, which is all too rare a trait. Her opinions on and reactions to events gave me pause for thought, even if I didn't entirely agree with her. Learning to shut up and consider others' POV is always a good thing.
My conversations with Niki weren't as many as I would have liked, but I liked the ones we had. She showed no quarter, and she will be missed in these quarters. She was also a cosplayer, somthing I have never done but will be doing this Hallowe'en in tribute to her.