The manuscript is complete. The editor has been hired. Now all I have left are the days, hours, weeks until my turn comes along and I can send the novel off to be picked apart by a professional.
And after that... more waiting.
What does an author do in the meantime?
Write short stories.
I'm taking Ray Bradbury's advice, at least for the next couple of months. I plan on writing one short story per week until my editor gets back to me with notes on the novel. I hope to have a collection that I can start submitting to publications over the summer. (Everything happens over the summer for me; no one procrastinates better than a teacher.) I have already submitted two stories to A Flash of Words.