About S. Andrew Swann

S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published over 20 novels since 1993. Currently he is working on the Dragon* series for DAW books, the first of which, Dragon•Princess, came out May 2014. The second, Dragon•Thief is expected in 2015.

The Blogs, They Are A-changin...

I’ve been keeping some sort of web presence since I was first published, back in 1993.  Being a computer geek outside my work as a novelist, I’ve gotten into the habit of rolling my own site.  So I’ve lived through the era of hand-coded html and animated gifs. I’ve struggled with Javascript menus, and had a site where I created navigation buttons in Paint Shop Pro.  I’ve migrated from Blogger to my own WordPress site.  And, as I’ve been bringing the blog portion of this back to life I’ve been busy changing the design again.  I expect things to be changing here for a while.  I can’t really use an off-the-shelf theme since I’ve done a lot of back-end coding to maintain all the book-related content.  I expect things to settle down in a couple of weeks.

Word to the geeks out there: CSS3 rocks!  The animated book menus, which were once Javascript and a bunch of moving <DIV>s, are now all handled with some lines in the stylesheet.  I was so excited that I told my wife— and got the glazed eye-rolling expression that translates to, “why do you think I care?”

Still, it rocks!

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