Fooling around with the social network

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.

Steven Krane RIP 1999 – 2009

Stranger Inside CoverYes, 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.

Two down, one to go.

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.

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Latest news on the writing front

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:

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Apple keeps you safe from dirty words

knife_musicHere 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.

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When Klausner speaks, my feeds go crazy

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?

Welcome to the new site

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.

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Genrewonk Interviews Toby Bukell

Halo: The Cole Protocol CoverIt’s a new year and I’ve decided to start doing some new things with this here blog of mine.  And one of these new features will be interviews with genre authors about subjects I find interesting.  And first out of the gate is Tobias Buckell.  Toby is a SF author and fellow Ohioan who has written a trio of novels (Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose from Tor) that reflect his Caribbean roots.  His latest novel is a departure.  Halo: The Cole Protocol is his first media tie-in novel, and the subject of  this interview.

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