CONduit is Salt Lake City’s local writer-fan-con, and it’s a lot of fun, and Utah’s got enough writers that they can really put together a great schedule of panels and workshops. This year my involvement is relatively light; I’ll be there all day Friday and Saturday, but my official stuff is all Saturday afternoon:
1:00 — Writing Excuses Live. We love to record our podcast at cons, because the audience participation really livens it up. This year we’ll have a guest podcast with Aprilynne Pike, possibly some Q&A, and maybe even (if you’re lucky) some monkey noises.
2:00 — The Super Signing. Dave Wolverton, L.E. Modesitt, and Brandon Sanderson, with little old me tagging along for the ride. I sold out my entire stock at the last con signing I did, and many of you were left without books, so this time I’m loaded for bear. Come for the big authors, and I’ll be happy to sign your book while you wait in their lines.
3:00 — My Reading. My reading at LTUE was overflowing, and it went really well, so I have high hopes that this one will be even awesomer. Unfortunately, the reading is cross-scheduled with a “we love Stephenie Meyer” panel and a Howard Tayler book launch. But there’s nobody of consequence on the Meyer panel, and only weirdos read webcomics anyway, so I think I’m good. Maybe I’ll do something crazy, like read a chunk of Mr. Monster.
4:00 — The Science of Evil: Why villains are the way they are. This is my only real panel of the con, but it’s going to be a fun one, especially with fellow Tor debutante John Brown on the panel with me. John is from Laketown, in northern Utah, where I would spend many a long summer on my grandma’s old farm, so I’d love him even if he weren’t totally awesome. Plus, I get to talk about villains, and since even my heroes are arguably still villains, it’s a subject that’s near and dear to my heart.