Added links to FriendFeed and Scribid to my footer. Scribid is a social document-sharing site where I’ve put up PDF versions of my Plot and Worldbuilding essays as well as my short stories The Long View and The Heavens Fall. FriendFeed is an aggregator of social content streams, so it mashes up my content from everywhere else— this blog, Twitter, Scribid, YouTube, and shared items from Google Reader.
It also provides a nice sidebar widget which is running along the lower right on the main blog page here. Cool. I feel like an early adopter.
Yes, the persona known around here as “that stupid pseudonym” is officially put to rest. This past weekend the three novels written by he-who-is-no-longer-to-be-named had their rights revert back to me. This means that Teek, The Omega Game, and Stranger Inside, when they again see print, will probably be under the Swann byline.
Just for the hell of it, I’m going to send a signed copy of Stranger Inside to the person who writes the best obituary in the comments.
Just wrapped up the draft of Heretics, YEA! Something over a hundred thousand words of epic destruction as I continue in my apocalyptic deconstruction of the Hostile Takeover universe. I’ll be doing some fixing up of the draft this week (a few retroconned scenes here, some backfill there, epigrams everywhere) and should get a copy off to DAW by Monday. Doesn’t mean I’m done with it, for good— I always have editorial revisions— but I’ll be done with it for now.
Continue reading “Two down, one to go.”
Earlier I posted about truthful book covers discovered from mightygodking. Now, (via Smart Bitches through a post that only seems to exist in my RSS feed), Holy Taco brings you honest movie posters.
List of stuff that’s happened in my career lately in lieu of a full blog post:
Just got Bantam’s cover art for Lilly’s Song, and it kicks ass (will post as soon as they confirm I can post it to the web). I got an equally kick-ass blurb from George R. R. Martin for it:
S.A. Swann has written a spellbinding fantasy of the Teutonic Knights and the great Northern Crusade, set in a little-known period of history amidst the gloomy forests of Prussia and Lithuania. Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.
This comes on the heels of the one from Mary Balogh:
Continue reading “Latest news on the writing front”
First off, the wonderfully demented Z-budget film, Astro Zombies, alas John Carradine, what the hell happened to you?
Continue reading “Friday Movie Trailers”
Here is a nasty little side-effect of dedicated e-readers that few people, if any have addressed. In addition to any and all deficiencies they might have compared to print, we have a situation in some cases where there’s a single portal through which data flows. Apple has recently given us a glimpse of what could happen if all your media came from one source (be it iTunes, or Amazon, or whatever). Gallycat gives us the story of David Carnoy’s self-published novel Knife Music. Apparently the guy is tech savvy (he’s an editor at C-net) so he want’s to pimp an e-book version. He wants it on the iPhone. He makes it easy by embedding its own reader and putting it up at the Apple App Store.
Continue reading “Apple keeps you safe from dirty words”
Well, I know the precise moment that the entity known as Harriet Klausner got her hands on an advance copy of Prophets. It was this weekend, possibly Sunday a few minutes before 9:40 AM. That’s when this post hit my Google Reader (yes I have a RSS feed of a Google vanity search, what’s it to ya?) Cool, and the details are actually mostly right.
It’s followed by this post. Exactly the same, looks the same too, but different blog. Then this one hit. And here’s a worpress blog for the hell of it. . .
How many blogs does this woman need?
I’ve done a lot of work changing things around here, while there’s a superficial similarity in the blog’s overall appearance, the back end of things has changed substantially. The first, most obvious change, is the fact that my home page is now a separate entity from my blog. To go directly to my blog, the url is www.sandrewswann.com/blogpage. The other change is the navigation menu up top. You see there’s a new “Blog” link. Additionally, the old Bibliography page has been rolled into the same page as the Books page. The old Fiction and Essays have been rolled up under Read.
Continue reading “Welcome to the new site”