Conflux 7 will be held in Canberra, the nation’s capital, this long weekend, October 1st to 3rd. I’ll be there, getting involved with a few things and catching up with friends. Hopefully I’ll make some new friends too. Here’s a schedule of what I’ll be doing.
Friday, the day before the convention proper, is open for a series of workshops and launches. I’ll be running a workshop on blogging from 10am till noon, then I’ll be reading from my story at the Winds Of Change launch at 7pm.
Friday, 30th September
10AM – Noon
All About Blogging
A Workshop with Alan Baxter – Yamba Room
Wikipedia describes “blogs” as a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reversechronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Perhaps you would like to learn more about blogs generally, start blogging yourself, or learn how to make your own blog more interesting?
This workshop is free for Conflux members (it is not open to the general public). Participant numbers are limited for this program item, so register soon if you would like to attend.
7pm – 8pm
Launch – Winds Of Change anthology from CSFG Publishing.
This anthology includes my story, Dream Shadow, and I’ll be reading an excerpt at the launch, along with several other contributing authors. There will also be nibbles.
Saturday, 1st October
9am – 10am
Evil Overlord Panel
I’ll be moderating this one, with panel members Phil Berrie, Laura E Goodin and Kethleen Jennings. We’ll be discussing the ideal Evil Overlord getaway vehicle and there’ll be a special prize for the audience member who comes up with the best suugestion.
Sunday, 2nd October
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Publishing – What path should you take?
This is a panel with Natalie Costa Bir, Nicole Murphy and Cat Sparks. We’ll be talking about all the different paths to publishing and the pros and cons of each.
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Heavy Metal panel
This should be a fun one. Myself, Jo Anderton and Tracey O’Hara will be talking about heavy metal music, its influence on spec fic and spec fic’s influence on it. We’ll also talk about how heavy metal has informed or inspired our own writing. Audience participation is welcomed!
Monday, 3rd October
10am – 11am
Kaffeeklatsch – Yamba Room
This is simply me in one place with a coffee, and anyone is welcome to come and join me. We can chat about anything you like, you can get books signed and so on. Come and have a chat.
And that’s it for my official engagements – a pretty quiet con for me this time. I’ll be around the con all weekend and will probably get involved with other things here and there. Otherwise I’ll be in panels listening in or, more likely, propping up the hotel bar.
Conflux is always a great vibe with excellent people, so come and get involved. You can get day tickets or all weekend membership and it’s well worth it. See you there!