Interview with L'Poni Baldwin (Poni)

Why do you write short stories?
I write short stories and poetry because its more fun. I've tried writing novels in the past and failed miserably (The Dragonboys is the only exception). Short stories and poetry are easier, more fun and straight to the point. I also get to add my own bits of Clusterfudge (my made up word for distorted poetry) to my writings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Rebirth of Heaven (not currently out yet) will mark my return to the publishing world. Its release will mean something grand. I can't say much, yet.
Why are your ebooks so short?
I don't know. I love making them short, and they are poems and flash stories so they have to be short. It makes them easier to read and you don't have to navigate through a huge table of contents like the one inside Dragons and Cicadas (my subscription book). Plus, I can release as many as I like because they are so short. I kinda wish I could charge fifty cents for them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
I don't have that many fans yet, and I haven't received any fan fictions or fan art, but the people that read my stories and poems mean everything to me. I get a certain joy when I know someone is enjoying my stories and they tell me how much they love my writing. Its a feeling that never gets old. My fans remind me of how much I love writing and publishing my work for them to see and read.
What are you working on next?
The 13th update of Dragons and Cicadas and (hopefully) a new issue/story file for the TSODR series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope.
What is your writing process?
Type, read, proofread and publish. TRPP.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Doing nothing. Really. Doing nothing. Just writing and publishing is effective itself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being able to publish what I want and how I want. I don't have to hire an agent or any of that technical stuff and I can do anything I want. Yaaaay for DIY~!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has taught me about publishing and has led new readers to my works. It also looks cool and I love seeing my stories listed on my author page.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing a good story that makes me feel many emotions. Like The Dragonboys. It is at a point where I consider it complete. It makes me feel many things and I love how I was able to Clusterfudge history and add my own flair to it. Finishing a story is like birth (minus the pain and everything else that precedes it): I get to look at my pride and joy and feel proud.
Why Dragons?
Y'know, a user on Goodreads asked "why do we love dragons?" I replied with this response that sums up why I love dragons and why dragon fans in general love dragons:

"Because they're powerful, big scaley lizards that nobody knows about. We can shape them in any way we want from the perfect pet to the most awesome friend. There's something appealing about them in every form, even if its a tiny dragon, a dragon disguised as a human or an epic-sized space dragon of Draconizica, and they are varied. Because nobody on Parallel Earth knows about them historically, we can make them into our image of what a dragon should be. Sure. there are unicorns and zombies, but somehow we just can't make them as awesome as a big, powerful (or tiny) dragon. They can also be our opinions personified. We can make them warlike gods bent on our destruction, or gods whom refrain from killing us with their mighty power (thus making them vulnerable).

And they're just dang awesome."
Why do you love Sci Fi?
My love of Sci Fi began ages ago. I think The Matrix is partly to blame for my love of the genre. Being thrown into another world full of futuristic buildings and high level technology is awesome. Being stuck on a planet with an Alien Queen is just plain terrifying. Having your mind projected into a virtual world with the weight of mankind on your back is scary and impressive. Sci Fi has so many possibilities. Don't get me wrong I love Fantasy, but the Fantasy genre seems too...I don't know how to say it but to me Sci Fi is better than Fantasy. Sci Fi has captivated me in many ways.
What is your favorite Sci Fi movie and why?
Aliens. Hands down. Aliens.

Aliens has that creepy feeling of being alone, outnumbered by bloodthirsty aliens and their homicidal mother, and your only weapon is a ragtag gang of military soldiers, yourself, a handgun, a scientist, an android and a little girl. That unfortunate mixture makes everything feel like a lost cause.
Alien 3 never happened. I liked it but it never happened.
Published 2014-08-19.
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Books by This Author

Dragons of Atlanta (Flash Fiction)
You set the price! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Urban
Darell Kingman uses his camera to record what goes on during the dragon apocalypse. With two survivors and his friend Kim they catch a glimpse of the frightening dragons that ravaged the earth. This is Flash fiction based in the TSODR world but can be read as a standalone story. L'Poni returns to the publishing world with this release!
11/12/13
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
This collection contains two poems reprinted from Dragons and Cicadas and a collection full of short short short stories that focus on randomness.
A Time for the Space Dragons to Create Stories in Land, Sea and Sky
You set the price! Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This collection gathers poems and stories created by intergalactic space aliens like Crotonians, Mares, the elusive Space Dragons and more. Each poem and story might be the right kind of weird or the right kind of awesome. It all depends on your taste in literature.
The Richest of the Mares
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this collection, A politician tries his hardest not to shred a newspaper in a cafe and in a short "coming of age" story, a virus decimates a city and two human children learn something about life. 4,000 words, two stories.
The Rebirth of Heaven
Series: The Society On Da Run. You set the price! Words: 19,870. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is the 51st issue of The Society On Da Run series. This issue includes poetry, flash fiction and tiny fiction based on the world built in Dragons and Cicadas. Space Dragons and aliens return to shake up your lives! (Comes with a preview of the extremely short prologue from He Knows Where the Dragon Lives, a Thor fan story and half of Sci Fi poetry collection 'A Time for the Space Dragons.')
Dragonato Rhythm (Update 10/16/13)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This book contains several dragon stories extracted from Dragons & Cicadas
The Dragonboys: Son of Tangerines & Take a Chance (6/12/13 update)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,770. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Son of Tangerines: William Tangerine was born from an overgrown tangerine. When he meets Jonby Yellowkester, a boy like him, his life becomes the target of Albert, a scheming entity that wants to resurrect an old society. Take a Chance: I, Chance Karrucci, am a royal dragon prince and my body was sold to men and women alike. I invite you to read my story from beginning to end.
Historical Peladies (The Society On Da Run #50) (Update 4/27/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The fifty-th issue and complimentary issue to 10/11/12 of TSODR is here! Historical Peladies is the latest and LAST installment in the bestselling short story magazine series, The Society On Da Run. You read it right! Historical Peladies is the final issue in the TSODR series. It has been a spectacular run!
10/11/12 (The Society On Da Run #49 Dragon Special)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After the long wait, the 49th issue in the TSODR series comes to light on this very special day, 10/11/12. This ish contains author commentary from Project TEAL and a shout out from the Editor-In-Chief herself.
Xeno, the Boy & Wonderbread (Update 5/24/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
WonderBoy must never feel fear, for it is the hunger of enemies. WonderBoy must always remain calm, for staying in nervousness leads to failure. But what should he do if he accidentally kills his mother? (Comes with a new bonus story)
Take a Chance (The Life of a Sweet Dragon) (Update 4/29/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Chance Karrucci, a royal prince of the Antonin Empire, becomes separated from his mother during the siege of his home. He finds himself in Crota, a town where torturing dragons is the main event. Take a Chance is a book of flash stories that take a look into the life of the Sweet Dragon. (Comes with a bonus story!)
il drago divina :: The Dragon Divine (Update 4/24/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The story of the lost android continues. Life has turned against her, and for a cyborg with no life, that is like a stab in the back. Continuation of il cyborg divina.
The Androids and the Dragons: The OS Conspiracy
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Skyline awakens as the newest android to grace Perch Tech’s highly successful product line, but she can see beyond the lies and silver lining. She wishes to be with Macintosh, a timid android on the run from Al Micra, but both of them become tangled in a Dragon’s game of command and conquer. Issue 43 in The Society On Da Run bookazine series.
The Love of an Italian Dragon
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 220,410. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Dragons can be very romantic when they wish, especially when they have nothing left to do during the day besides strolling the piazza. The Love of an Italian Dragon is a book of flash stories that take a look into the lives of the Karrucci family, Italy’s most important dragons. Issue #40 in the Society On Da Run series. CRUCIAL UPDATE on 4/13/12: more stories and a guide to the beloved dragons
AnimeMETH (Renewed Edition 4/24/2014. Anime Flash Fiction!)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Update 4/24/2014. AnimeMETH, the first ever "truly" anime-themed book to hit the Smashwords site, combines four anime flash stories accompanied by illustrations. COMES WITH A SAMPLE OF War of the Space Dragons.
The Society On Da Run: Dragons and Cicadas (Update 10: 3/2/13)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 401,300. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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No vampires rule this land, no wolves take claim to the Dragon's throne. In this collection of stories, these dragons are unbound by standard cliches. These dragons live among us, taking our forms, eating our food...nobody knew their families dwelled in the stars, awaiting for a time to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. UPDATE 6 IS HERE!
il cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divine (TSODR 39)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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The world is ending, the Dragons are taking over and Zzysra, a Cyborg made by Perch Tech, questions why she can't live past her Undyear. ::This is the 39th ebook in The Society On Da Run series::
Irish Boys Can Walk: A Short Tale
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An Irish farmer discovers a little dragon growing in his garden. He does all he can to help the Dragon escape.
Stacy's Last Contact
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A lady's email diary of her adventures in the country town Carver Dan is explored. The full extent of the zombie-dragon Misery is exposed, and Carver Dan's true purpose is showed. Follow-up to Carver Dan April 1st Disaster
The Society On Da Run #36: Dino Macro
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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Richard, Dean and Kalley investigate a mysterious dust plume outside the Mars Metropolis and they encounter an angered dragon and a deadly virus. From the Queen of Space Dragons comes this new Sci Fi short story set on the unforgiving lands of Mars.
Native in Pink (The Society On Da Run #30)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Adventure » General
A band member journeys through her days before it is time for chemotherapy in this short poem.
Powerlines
Series: The Society On Da Run · Poni's Flash Fiction. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Horror » General
He is running from something, something unfounded He knows he did it, the police are approaching They would be on his trail soon He couldn't let them touch him
The Supper of the Fae
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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A driad-faeries invites an unsuspecting visitor to her forest party. Poem, 1380 words.
Exabyte Lande: Canto 1 (The Society On Da Run #31) (Update 4/30/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A small piece of data becomes the center of a computer's life. Canto 1 of the acclaimed poem, 229 words. Comes with a bonus poem!
Platonick
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A young man double crosses the people he loves: a scientist he met at Navy Pier and a teenage Nymph he met at Panera Bread. The outcome is unexpected as all three lives are weaved into the hellish dungeon of decisions and morality. Story #30 in the acclaimed Society On Da Run series. WARNING: there be fire-breathing ice dragons in this story.
Imp Empress: Falling in Love with Dragons: Aaron and Seraphina's Tale
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,330. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
December 21 2013 massive update! 20,000+ words added! PLOT: Aaron Karrucci is the soon-to-be Emperor of Antonin, a front for Draconizica. This story tells how he met Seraphina and how she became the love of his life. It's great for fans of Interracial Romance. (This is a remake of the original)
Cicada and the Righteous King of Albanny
Series: The Society On Da Run. You set the price! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A group of teenagers engage in strange mysteries that lead to turmoil amongst the townsfolk in their small town.
Ghetto Dragons
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Rowan, a Gold dragon from the forest, lives in Little Delaney, a decaying town where the citizens are treated like trash. He has a wish to leave, but he is torn between protecting his citizens and saving his sanity.
Dragon's War Reborn (Alien Dragons: The Society On Da Run Special #25)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The space dragons are coming! And this time they are coming with their Empire form the depths of Space itself. They mean business and they aren't going to take the torture from us any-longer! This is story #25 in the acclaimed dragon series, "The Society On Da Run," but if you're just starting out, this is where you should start (or you could read War of the Space Dragons)
Forest of the Faerie: Daddy Hunt
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
An Iry Kid (Faery-forest dweller) wonders about her biological Father's location. She sets out to find him with the help of her little black dragon Mikey. This is a new story in the acclaimed space dragon chapbook series, The Society On Da Run. (short story, 1140 words)
Dragon Towers (The Society On Da Run #23)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Fourteen days after the dragon war of Earth, Narcissus and Melbourne find themselves stuck inside a space dragon Central Tower, and their only way out is to face their beloved menace. 1838 words.
Aphrodite's Wasp
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
...Aphrodite was in love with a wasp? 1260 words.
The Way We Go (The Society On Da Run #20)
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A new year begins with explanation of the Space Dragons. This chapbook is for all the dragon fans celebrating a new year. This is story #20 in The Society On Da Run series and takes flash poetry to a new realm.
We Were Once Hippies (A Poem)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 380. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » General
Julianna Karrucci reminisces the days she was in love, and her young son wonders when his father will return. Winner of the Wattpad Poetry contest and critically acclaimed story, "We Were Once Hippies" is the 18th issue in the critically acclaimed space dragon series, "The Society On Da Run." Inspired by the ALI PROJECT song Keikaso (Burial in Osmanthus).
Narcissus and the Dragon Birth (Update 5/21/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Narcissus, the girlfriend of the Dragon God Ashuton, is taken hostage by a scientist and she is pregnant with...a Dragon! This is story #16 in the TSODR chapbook-magazine series. This may be borderline Paranormal Romance mixed with strange Science Fiction. It now comes with three bonus stories: The Tumbling Dragon and The Wandering Fool (and its sequel). Update your copies to this new version.
HAARPers in the Hallway (The Society On Da Run #17)
Series: The Society On Da Run. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A living, breathing HAARP takes control of the world and a young man is trapped in her domain.
The Siege of Rome (The Society On Da Run #15)
Series: The Society On Da Run. You set the price! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What was their reason? What has become of Rome after the invasion? Through the eyes of a young man and his family of survivors, experience the descent int the harrowing darkness of survival. Issue #15 in the TSODR chapbook-magazine.
Ashuton and Narcissus: The Dragon Prince and the Dancer (update 4/24/2014)
Series: The Society On Da Run. You set the price! Words: 12,700. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Update 3/26/12 with newer content, character guide and liner notes. This chapbook explores the day Ashuton (the space dragon prince) met Narcissus Fae--a newbie student at a ballerina school in Milan. This story is perfect for fans of interracial dating and love with a Dragon. 12,720 words.
Sintel: The Story of Sintel and Scales
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » General
Based off of the short movie Sintel by the Blender Institute, this special story is about a young girl on a search for her Dragon, and not much can be given away about the plot because it is a very special story about love and how far one will go to reclaim what they once lost.
Platonick (The Complete Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
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A young man's story about double crossing two lovers: a guy and a young girl. Platonick is a portmanteau of Plato, the name Nick, and the word Platonic. The story is finished! This is issue #8 of the irregular periodical "The Society On Da Run," and is the second book in the Countdown to 11.11.11 (print release of TSODR). Caution: There be fire-breathing ice dragons in this story
War of the Space Dragons (The Society On Da Run #1) (2016 Edition)
Series: The Society On Da Run, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 29,750. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A rabid Space Dragon God declares war upon humanity. His insanity, the extent of the war's damage, it's battles and its eventual end are chronicled in this book through Spec Poetry and flash fiction.
Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3)
Series: The Society On Da Run, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Notice: this is an anthology. In this e-chapbook are twelve poem-stories that serve as an introduction to the space dragon epic 'The Society On Da Run'. These twelve (and more) poems and stories are diverse and offer up something new to the world of Dragons.