Finished the Orc story today. It's in my wife, Michele's hands for a read-thru. She's good at pointing out the obvious stuff that, as the author, I am too close to the story to see is missing. Depending on when she gets done, I hope to send it off for Scott Oden to tear apart within the week.
So, do all writers write "The End" at the end of every manuscript? Is this just a standard way of showing that your narrative is over, and that what the reader is reading is the "final" product?
So, what to work on next? I have the S&P story, which really doesn't have a final destination in mind. Nor is the complete plot worked out. Then there's the thinly veiled pseudo-pastiche (as in the names have been changed to protect myself from legal action) about Prince Conn, King Conan's son, as created by L. Sprague DeCamp. I also have the straight up S&S novella with my own "barbarian warrior" to fit into a story that might have seen print in the 70's, alongside the likes of Gardner F. Fox and Lin Carter.
Of course, I still have to do a paper by next week on the Battle of Mantinea. Yeah, I should probably focus on that. It's not a big one, and it has no official word-count requirements. But, it will take some effort, and I should really dig into it.
Yeah, that's what I will do. Homework. Time enough for more fiction later.