By default, Android 4.0 has a thingamabob that pops up in the notification bar any time the keyboard is open. You use this to change keyboards (like long pressing the text area in previous versions of Android). I believe this is disabled by default in Abduction, which is where your confusion comes from...
So, since it's not there, there are 3 ways to switch to swype...
- Enable it (and select it) through the Swype installer. This is likely the easiest option, provided you still have the installer installed.
- Through ROM Control, you can enable that control I mentioned above that shows up whenever the keyboard is active.
- Just do it through settings... this is where that notifications bar control takes you anyway. I'm sorry I don't know the exact path to that settings page (I have very temporarily switched back to gingerbread) but it probably says something like language and keyboard... I'm sure you can find it.
Hopefully that helps. Sorry for the lack of detail in some spots, but I'm sure if you were competent enough to root and flash this ROM, you should be able to find the setting now that I've (hopefully) pointed you in the right direction.
32GB Marble White (Verizon)
ROM: CyanogenMod 11 M9 Snapshot
Retired: HTC Incredible, LG enV2, Samsung SCH-A630