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  1. Weekly Poll: What's your favorite food?

    1. Tomato 2. Undecided
  2. Weekly Poll: What's your favorite food?
  3. Week of 2/19: CICADA-scope

    Aries: The stars are sort of wondering why you take so long to respond to their texts. Taurus: Your lucky color this week can only be perceived by the mantis shrimp and its name cannot be pronounced by human tongues. Gemini: An opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream will fall right into your lap this week, assuming your lifelong dream is to have a wasp nest on your lap. Cancer: Remember: all you need is love. Not oxygen, not water, not food, not teeth, not bones, not blood. Only love. Leo: They're here. Virgo: Try on a new state of matter for size—plasma, anyone? Libra: There's nothing waiting under your bed to grab your ankles. No need to vault into bed from three feet away at night. There's nothing there. Absolutely nothing. No reason to be nervous. Walk slowly. Don't worry. Climb into bed at your leisure. You're... absolutely... safe. Scorpio: It might be time to explore a career path that doesn't depend so heavily on your longship-building skills and the expeditious invention of time travel. Sagittarius: Live. Laugh. Love. Burrow. Consume. Grow. Ascend. Molt. Scream. Capricorn: It's time to do some soul-searching. Where has your soul gone? It could be anywhere. You probably should have looked for it sooner. Aquarius: Take a good hard look at your love life this week. You may want to invest in an electron microscope. Pisces: This week you will finally evolve into MegaPisces and receive +5 to your attack and +2 to your defense.
  4. New flash fiction competition!

    HEY PALS, there's still time to enter the flash fiction competition. Not only does the winner get published in our March/April issue, but they also win some sweet sweet pocket money. More info here!
  5. New flash fiction competition!

    CICADA and WRITE THE WORLD Joint Competition: Monster Flash Fiction From the Dementors to the Dark Riders, Sasquatch to Cyclops, Frankenstein to Loch Ness, monsters have long occupied our storytelling traditions and haunted our imaginations. But what makes these mythical beasts so monstrously fascinating? Is it their otherworldly origins? Our innate fear of the unknown? Or the age-old good vs. evil theme they represent? This month, Write the World and CICADA invite you to submit a piece of monster-themed flash fiction to our joint competition. Whether you write about fabled mountain creatures roaming snow-capped peaks, real-life monsters of the deep, a sympathetic monster hero, or metaphorical monsters of modern day, give us a new monster tale for our time—one that will endure for years to come. Come celebrate the art of tiny tales with us, dear writers, in monster form! The contest opens officially on February 12—in the meantime, visit this page for more information about prizes and dates! Our partner for this competition, Write the World, is dedicated to improving the writing of high school students through a global online community and guided interactive process. They're a fantastic resource for teen writers. Pay them a visit!
  6. Weekly Poll: What's your favorite food?

    No, there are only two options. I don't make the rules.
  7. Week of 2/19: CICADA-scope

    We never throw shade. We walk over and hand it nicely to the recipient like proper gentlefolk.
  8. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    Everyone except Leos should check out this week's CICADA-scope.
  9. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    We've just launched our brand new Weekly CICADA-scope feature. If you're trying to plan out your week, you should check out your 100% accurate horoscope here!
  10. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    It's that time of week.
  11. Week of 2/12

    Aries: Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like you're not wearing red-hot iron slippers. Taurus: This Wednesday, Saturn will be performing its demi-annual axial hyper-descent into diminishing anterograde orbit, which means your auxiliary ninth anti-house will be on an osmotic interception course with Jupiter's sixth moon. Anyway, we hope that gives you a clear picture of your love life this week. Gemini: Be true to your heart—don't trade it for somebody else's heart, no matter how many Pokémon cards they throw in to sweeten the deal. Cancer: Like all water signs, you will soon have to complete your metamorphosis and join the great upstream water sign pilgrimage. Leo: You will experience a lot of growth this week. Three new fingers, to be precise. Virgo: Kiss a lot of frogs. You won't find your prince, but you will be able to brag about kissing more frogs than anybody else. Libra: Your lucky number this week is √(-1). Scorpio: "Bees," the stars have assured us. "Lots of bees." Sagittarius: It's a good time to revisit your roots. Go to the sea. Leave everything on the shore. Wade out far. Breathe water. Become simpler. Consume other unicellular organisms. Drift with the currents. Know the peace of a rudimentary nervous system. Capricorn: Every sign rules a body part, and Capricorn rules the skeleton. That means you have the celestial right to demand the other signs surrender their skeletons to you immediately. Aquarius: At this point, it's sort of rude that you haven't acknowledged the shadow creature that crouches at the foot of your bed every night. Pisces: The heavens would like to remind you that a bug has probably walked on you today.
  12. CICADA and WRITE THE WORLD Joint Competition: Monster Flash Fiction NOW OPEN! From the Dementors to the Dark Riders, Sasquatch to Cyclops, Frankenstein to Loch Ness, monsters have long occupied our storytelling traditions and haunted our imaginations. But what makes these mythical beasts so monstrously fascinating? Is it their otherworldly origins? Our innate fear of the unknown? Or the age-old good vs. evil theme they represent? This month, Write the World and CICADA invite you to submit a piece of monster-themed flash fiction to our joint competition. Drawing on the brevity of poetry and the story-arc of novels, flash fiction compresses the best parts of literature into half-pint packages. So come celebrate the art of tiny tales with us, dear writers, in monster form! Whether you write about fabled mountain creatures roaming snow-capped peaks, real-life monsters of the deep, a sympathetic monster hero, or metaphorical monsters of modern day, give us a new monster tale for our time—one that will endure for years to come. The winners will be featured on Write the World’s blog, and published in the March issue of Cicada online as well as on Writetheworld.com. Visit the official contest page for more info and rules! Key Dates February 12: Competition Opens February 19: Submit draft for Expert Review (Optional. We will review the first 100 drafts submitted.) February 23: Reviews returned to Writers February 27: Final Submissions Due March 9: Winners Announced
  13. New flash fiction competition!

    Psst—the contest is now officially OPEN! Head over to the official contest page for more details! The winners will be published in the March issue of CICADA and featured on Writetheworld.com.
  14. Weekly Poll: What's your fantasy RPG class?
  15. Weekly Poll: How many lungs do you have?
  16. Some tips

    For our newer users—here's how you change stuff!
  17. Some tips

    Since it took me way too long to figure out how to edit this stuff, I figured I'd make it easier for y'all. More tips/instructions will be added as people request them. Signatures Click on your username to the far right of your toolbar, which will pull up a drop-down menu. Select "Account Settings." From the left-hand menu, choose "Signature." Profiles From the same drop-down menu, select "Profile." From there, you can view and edit your personal profile. Change display name Select your username from the right-hand side of the toolbar. From the dropdown menu, select "Account Settings." From the left-hand menu, select "Display Name."
  18. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    Don't plan your week without checking your horoscope!
  19. Week of 2/5: CICADA-scope

    Aries: The stars advise you to add avocado for 99¢. No matter what. Taurus: Today, you will meet a tall, beautiful stranger. Tomorrow, you will meet a tall, beautiful stranger. The following day, you will meet a tall, beautiful stranger. Every day for the rest of your life, you will meet a new tall, beautiful stranger, and you will always wonder where all these tall strangers come from, how they find you, why they are eternally strangers, and why they are so, so beautiful. Gemini: All the heavens said about Gemini this week was “LOBSTERS.” So, uh, good luck with that. Cancer: This week, you will only be visible under UV light. Leo: Your power color is gold, which is great news considering what’s been happening to everything you touch lately. Virgo: You never know what culinary treasures you’ll discover when you keep an open mind. Remember that when your wagon train gets stranded in the mountain pass this weekend. Libra: It is almost time to act. All your years of deep cover are about to pay off. You will know your contact by their use of the code phrase, “Let us go to the produce section and admire the beautiful heirloom tomatoes.” Scorpio: [REDACTED] Sagittarius: For a variety of disturbing reasons, “do to others as you would have them do to you” is probably good advice for everyone except you. Capricorn: Sooner or later, you’re going to have to accept that you can’t solve all your problems with the liberal application of a croquet mallet. Aquarius: Venus will be in your second house this week. Tell her to get a job, pay a bill, or else get out. Pisces: Stay calm. Stay calm. Stay calm. Stay calm. Stay CALM. STAY CALM. STAY CALM. STAY CALM. STAY CALM. STAY CALM. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  20. More Jan/Feb issue content up NOW!

  21. Artist Allies: Rumi Hara

    Rumi Hara was born in Kyoto, Japan. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and makes illustrations and comics there. Visit her at rumihara.com. CIC: Thanks for talking with us, Rumi! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work? RH: I was working as a translator in Japan when I decided to come to the US in 2012 to go to an art school. I always loved drawing and was coming up with a lot of stories to illustrate, so one day I decided to learn more about illustration and comics. Now I live and work in Brooklyn, NY, and I’m working on a graphic novel called Nori. Nori is a nickname for Noriko, a little girl who often runs away on her own and finds out interesting things about the people and animals in her town. CIC: For many, a volcanic eruption would be frightening, but for Yuri, it’s an invigorating and inspiring event. What makes you feel connected to the natural world? Have you ever witnessed a natural event that inspired you? RH: I mostly grew up in Japan, where there are many earthquakes. The most recent major earthquake that I’ve experienced was the one in 2011. I was living in Tokyo at the time and although it’s pretty far from the Northeastern region where it originated, we still had a lot of aftershocks. One time I was sleeping with my right ear on a pillow and heard a loud rumbling sound that woke me up in the middle of the night. A few seconds later my whole apartment shook, and I realized that what I just heard was the force of an earthquake traveling through the ground. Although the frequent aftershocks were scary and the news about the tsunami, nuclear disaster, and other damages was truly devastating, I somehow felt invigorated at the same time. Suddenly my neighbors seemed nicer and friendlier. Everyone was willing to do something helpful, and we knew that even just smiling and saying hello would be something significant in difficult times. There was an amazing sense of belonging and community. It really depended on each of us to help and rebuild, and that empowered the ordinary people, I think. That was an important experience for me and also an inspiration for this story with Yuri. CIC: What kinds of stories are you drawn to? What is appealing about those stories? RH: I really like reading or hearing stories about a particular place. Any place has its own history, memory, and landscape that is different from anywhere else, and I like learning about those things. I’m especially drawn to stories with some kind of surreal element. Not like a scary ghost, but maybe like a talking dog. Because animals make everything better! CIC: When you’re in a creative slump, how do you pick yourself back up and find new motivation? RH: I try to rest a lot. I can’t make anything when I’m physically tired, but I don’t always realize how tired I am. So when I feel frustrated about not being creative enough, I let myself sleep like twelve hours and do nothing during the day. Just eat and sleep and take a bath. After a couple of days like that, I’m usually refreshed and ready to work again. CIC: If you could meet yourself as a beginning artist, what advice would you offer yourself? RH: “Try different tools and find what you like!” Because I was using Copic markers and acrylics at the beginning and for some reason thought that they were the only options. Also, “Reach out to people, even just a few people!” Because not reaching out at all doesn’t get me jobs. I still feel like a beginning artist sometimes, so I keep telling my self these things. CIC: If you could turn into any creature at will, what would you want to be? RH: A roadrunner. I want to be able to run like the wind and also fly. Just to tease coyotes.
  22. New flash fiction competition!

    https://writetheworld.com/competitions/43 The competition will officially open on February 12, at which time the rules will be posted on that page. Keep an eye on it!
  23. Week of 1/29: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Mercury is visiting your eleventh house this week. Mercury is sort of wondering why you have so many houses, and if Mercury could maybe get in on whatever racket it is you're running. Taurus: The stars predict a disastrous but easily-avoidable mistake in your future. They won't tell you what it is unless you give them 20 bucks. Gemini: Mix it up and try something new this week—blinking, for example. Cancer: That isn't a cat. Leo: All the celestial signs assure us Pisces totally isn't out to get you this week—chill. Virgo: There are no Virgos this week. Sorry for any inconvenience. Libra: For reasons the stars aren't at liberty to discuss right now, they advise you to practice writing and eating with your non-dominant hand this week. Scorpio: The Sun is approaching Scorpio this week. You're starting to sweat. You're starting to sweat SO MUCH. It's too late to take cover. What's left of you sizzles like an egg on the pavement. Sagittarius: Somehow, your reflection in the bathroom mirror is a Taurus, while your reflection in your bedroom mirror is a Cancer. Best not to dwell on this. Capricorn: Your power words this week are "mitochondria" and "spicy." For best results, use them both in the same sentence as often as possible. Aquarius: Could you possibly give the stars a ride to the airport on Saturday? Like, no pressure. Only if you're free, they mean. Actually, you know what, forget they asked, it's fine, they'll figure it out. Pisces: You're definitely out to get Leo this week. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  24. Weekly Poll: Why are you banned for life from Pappy's farm?
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