CONduit Report

CONduit was a blast this year, and now that I’ve slept it off I can write something cogent about it. Here are some highlights:

1) My reading was pretty well-attended. Instead of reading a chunk of Mr. Monster (since most of the people there had already finished the book), I read a short story I wrote for my German publisher. The story’s called “Gloria,” and it’s technically a Christmas story. The audience spent their time cringing and laughing nervously, and when I finished somebody said, “wow, you’re a lot creepier than I thought.” Yay! I also read a chunk of Mr. Monster, but it didn’t have any real info in it, so it was mostly just a tease.

2) They had three local podcasts scheduled to do interviews, but only one of them showed up: Dungeon Crawlers Radio. Thankfully, the Dungone Crawlers were professional enough that they totally made up for everyone else. They were also very cool guys, and we had a great time, and my interview stretched to something like 20 minutes. I’ll make sure to link it here when the interview goes live.

3) Our Writing Excuses panel was huge–they had to bring in extra chairs, it was so big. I’m sure this was greatly helped by the fact that my two co-hosts are the guest of honor and the Mistborn/Wheel of Time guy. We recruited the Dungeon Crawlers to help out with the recording, and we recorded two episodes: the first one with lovely guest star Aprilynne Pike, currently sitting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The second was a Q&A with the fun theme of “Stump Howard,” starring our perennial guest star Eric James Stone, who’s been on the show often enough to count as a fourth musketeer. I thought it turned out to be one of our best episodes.

4) I had a long conversation with Ming the Merciless about Hatch Green Chilies. Only at CONduit.

5) My signing was pretty surreal: I was crammed into a narrow hallway with Brandon Sanderson, Dave Wolverton, Lee Modesitt, and Elisabeth Waters. It was completely bizarre, and completely awesome, to be among that group as a peer, and even more awesome when I realized that I was keeping pace with some of them (though honestly, that was mostly because the other authors attracted the crowd and I was just lucky enough to be sitting there with a stack of books and a pen). Eventually Brandon realized that even though he was signing more books, I was selling more books, at which point he proceeded to stab me in the neck with my own promotional button.

6) I saw most of my regular posters there, and it was great to see them all again. I even finally convinced Donna to buy a copy of the book, though it remains to be seen if she’ll actually read it. I promise it’s not as scary as you think. (Yes it is, just don’t tell her that.) They invited me out for dinner both nights, and I regretfully had to decline–my poor wife was home alone with all four kids, the youngest of whom was sick. Next time, I promise.

7) My one and only panel was called “The Science of Evil,” which turned out to be so interesting as a theoretical topic that it was very hard to keep us focused on it as a writing topic. I did have an opportunity to talk about my favorite infanticide story, by the hilarious Jeff Strand, so all’s well that ends well, I guess.

13 Responses to “CONduit Report”

  1. Arlene says:

    Mwahahahah!……no, I kid.

    Thanks for the signature, Dan. I’m still geeking out about it.

  2. Callisto says:


    Someday I will have a signature of my very own to geek out about.

    Sounds like a fun time at CONduit! I’ll have to make it a goal to go next year.

  3. Arlene says:

    But only if Dan is going to be there. :)

  4. Jeff Strand says:

    I’m pleased and honored to have added some baby-killing joy to your life!

  5. Steve D says:

    sorry I couldn’t make it Dan. I was with family the whole weekend. and I had to stop replying to your texts yesterday due to the concert Jenny and I were at.

  6. Titus says:

    I was waylaid by the prospect of actual gore and attended a jousting competition that, while awesome, was not nearly as violent as I had hoped. I missed seeing you get stabbed and lose blood for watching fat guys with lances fall off horses. Would not buy again.

    OTOH, seeing both at the same time would have likely made the universe explode, as they say. They say that, right?

  7. Donna says:

    Dan, I may not be reading the book at the moment but your job is done because I bought it and I’m a fan. My mom is reading it right now and after about 5 pages she said, “It’s really quite clever.” Today when I saw it on her bed she was about half way through and had decided that you have completely departed from reality by this point in the story. Which she said is ‘good’ I think. John was starting starting to remind her of the psycopaths in the family. You can imagine how releaved she was to discover the demon. Anyway. Although we rarely agree on literature I won’t let the fact that she likes your book deter me from picking it up on a sunny day in the park, maybe with some butterflies around to make me feel more optimistic about the world while I read.

    My review of your reading at CONduit is on my blog. at run-donna-run.blogspot. Go check out what I really think of you. It might be enlightening. And you can have a little chuckle about the fact that no two blogs were ever more divergent than yours and mine.

  8. Debbie says:

    And here I thought your highlight of CONduit was seeing me. Oh well, I guess that can’t be everyone’s highlight.

    By “My reading was pretty well-attended…” I am assuming you are referring to the fact that every chair was filled. I suppose you could call that pretty well-attended. Your fantastic reading caused excitement for Mr. Monster, and I loved your short story. It was worth the $25 to hear it, even though I’m pretty sure Evil Overlord Ming checked out my butt.

  9. Arlene says:

    I thought that was a prerequisite for attending. Didn’t he check out everyone’s rear ends?

  10. admin says:

    I hope he checked out mine.

  11. admin says:

    Sweet, a Jeff Strand cameo! The story in question, in case anyone’s curious, is “Mr. Twitcher’s Miracle Baby-Chopping Machine,” and it’s one of the better (and more gruesome) social commentaries I’ve read in a while. If it wasn’t actually intended as a social commentary, then…oops?

  12. Truman says:

    Just finished my signed copy (mine was signed with Dave Wolverton’s pen) and I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read more from you soon.

  13. admin says:

    Thank you very much.

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