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.

22 Responses to “CONduit”

  1. Callisto says:

    That sounds like so much fun! Maybe I’ll figure out a way to show up… I’d sure love to have my book signed and come to the reading.

  2. Arlene says:

    OH! You’re killing me! WHY can’t I be there a week earlier!

  3. Dawn says:

    Man! That makes me want to get a sitter and go with you!

  4. Raethe says:

    Sounds like a blast. Wish I could be there.

  5. Titus says:

    Ah, I’ll have to see if I can make it up two weekends in a row. I owe Brandon a razzing, and you need to sign my book. Will you sign Brandon’s books as well? 😉

  6. L.T. Elliot says:

    John Brown is an amazing guy. I loved his class at LTUE and he is so encouraging. I’m glad to hear you have good taste.

    That teaser of Mr. Monster makes it real tempting for me to go to CONduit…

  7. Arlene says:

    What’s the venue for CONduit? I might be able to make it.

  8. Arlene says:

    Haha! I just clicked on the “nobody of consequence” link!

  9. Arlene says:

    For the record, my good friend read my copy of SK and loved it so much that she wanted her sister and husband to read it. Of course she ordered herself a copy. :) Hooray!

  10. Donna says:

    Dan, You got Arlene to come to UT a week ahead of schedule just in the hope of hearing a snippet of Mr. Monster. Good luck with living up to that expectation…JK. and Bless you for bringing my friend to town with your post. I’m not even jealous that she’s coming to attend CONduit, which I can’t go to. GRRR (Okay maybe a little bit.)

    I have in my possession a copy of I Am Not a Serial Killer. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Debbie, Kudos for the screaming and realism and the beautiful baby boy…may he be nothing like Dan’s characters. hehehe.

    Villians? Yeah that sounds right up your alley. Have fun at CONduit.

  11. admin says:

    Wow. Well, if you guys are all very good, and eat your vegetables, you might get to see my wife at CONduit.

  12. Arlene says:


  13. Callisto says:

    I almost have a couple of friends convinced to come to CONduit this weekend! *crosses fingers* I really want my copy of SK signed.

  14. Arlene says:

    Me too! I’m going to have to wrestle it away from my friends.

  15. Titus says:

    I thought it was next weekend…

  16. Callisto says:

    Wait a second… it is next weekend! Whew. It’s a good thing I checked the website again to look at the program details. Dan, your post was very misleading. You didn’t say a thing about what dates it was going on.

  17. admin says:

    The CONduit dates have been in my “upcoming events” sidebar calendar since February. It’s not my fault if you don’t take advantage of my website’s many helpful features.

  18. Callisto says:


    Duly noted.

  19. Dan, you are evil. Like evil satanic demonic hannah montana devil serial killer evil. I’m going to kill you at Conduit. Or have lunch with you. One of those two things.

  20. admin says:

    Boo hoo. See if I link to you again.

  21. Sean says:

    man, sounds like fun. Wish I could be there. That Science of Evil panel sounds like it will be fascinating.

  22. Arlene says:

    Now now boys.

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