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  1. Weekly Poll: Is it "soda" or "pop"?
  2. 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."
  3. Currently reading?

    Friendly neighborhood editor-person here, wondering what you're reading at the moment! Tell us a bit about it! (Personally, I've just picked up the new Welcome to Night Vale novel, It Devours!)
  4. Looking ahead/Checking in

    Best of the Slam 2017 will be appearing in our very first digital issue (Jan/Feb 2018)--it's shaping up to be pretty cool! Slammers with work in BotS will get access to the issue in which their work appears. Plus, we'll post the works in our blog. You can find our back issues here: https://shop.cricketmedia.com/cicada-back-issues.html
  5. Looking ahead/Checking in

    With the rollout of shiny new digital CICADA right around the corner, we just wanted to take a quick moment to check in with you, our lovely readers/Slammers. We'd like to hear about your hopes and dreams for CICADA in the future! Please take a moment to give us your thoughts.
  6. Looking ahead/Checking in

    Yeah, we're going to miss print too. But we think the digital edition will be really cool too! You can always purchase back issues here, too: https://shop.cricketmedia.com/cicada-back-issues.html
  7. Give us your thoughts!!

    Hey lovely folks! If you've got a second, please take a look at this survey and give us your thoughts on the new Slam/future digital CICADA. And, as always, if you've got more to say, please feel free to reach out!
  8. How do you name your pets?
  9. bug log/community q&a

    I'll check this out--thanks for letting me know!
  10. bug log/community q&a

    This should be fixed now--let me know if it's still a problem!
  11. bug log/community q&a

    We think we've fixed the frequent logoff issue--let us know if it's still a problem! KnitFeather, can you send a screenshot of the nonfiction problem you're having?
  12. Some tips

    Working on all of these issues! Thanks!
  13. bug log/community q&a

    Thanks for letting us know about the frequent log-off problem--I let our digital team know and they're working on it.
  14. Worst Sound

    Worst sound ever?
  15. Welcome!!!

    Hello and welcome to the shiny new Slam! We’re so glad you’re here. It’s been a long process getting here, and we’re over the moon that it’s finally happening. To start off, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at the rules. Let’s make sure the Slam continues to be a safe and friendly place for all. Be excellent to each other. Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to give you a quick tour of the new Slam forums. As always, there are sections for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition, we now have subforums for roleplaying and chatting, where you can get to know one another a bit better. There is also a gallery for Slammer art. You’ll also find polls, contests, and other fun extras on our front page. I’m sure we’ll have to make some adjustments and troubleshoot some issues as we break in the new site—all new websites have bugs to work out. Thanks in advance for being patient with us!! Cicada readers probably already know that in January 2018 we will be going digital-only. The new digital mag will be housed here as well—more info on that soon! If you have any questions, mods will be hanging out in the Whatever forum all day, so please post them there! We’re so excited to start the new year with a whole new Slam. But without our Slammers, it’s just a website. Your passion, courage, compassion, kindness, and creativity are what make this the remarkable community it is. We can’t wait to see what you all will create. Autumn, Associate Editor EDIT: Oh! One more thing I forgot to mention--the first 2 posts by all new users have to be approved by the mods. This will keep spam and bots out. If there's a slight delay on your first couple of posts, that's why. :)
  16. Some tips

    We're sorta figuring things out as we go... thanks for being patient with us! :D
  17. Some tips

    Try it now--we've toggled some settings.
  18. Welcome!!!

    Hello and welcome to the shiny new Slam! We’re so glad you’re here. It’s been a long process getting here, and we’re over the moon that it’s finally happening. To start off, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at the rules. Let’s make sure the Slam continues to be a safe and friendly place for all. Be excellent to each other. Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to give you a quick tour of the new Slam forums. As always, there are sections for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition, we now have subforums for roleplaying and chatting, where you can get to know one another a bit better. There is also a gallery for Slammer art. You’ll also find polls, contests, and other fun extras on our front page. I’m sure we’ll have to make some adjustments and troubleshoot some issues as we break in the new site—all new websites have bugs to work out. Thanks in advance for being patient with us!! Cicada readers probably already know that in January 2018 we will be going digital-only. The new digital mag will be housed here as well—more info on that soon! If you have any questions, mods will be hanging out in the Whatever forum all day, so please post them there! We’re so excited to start the new year with a whole new Slam. But without our Slammers, it’s just a website. Your passion, courage, compassion, kindness, and creativity are what make this the remarkable community it is. We can’t wait to see what you all will create. Autumn, Associate Editor EDIT: Oh! One more thing I forgot to mention--the first 2 posts by all new users have to be approved by the mods. This will keep spam and bots out. If there's a slight delay on your first couple of posts, that's why. :)
  19. Some tips

    We're checking it out. I'll get back to you in just a bit!
  20. Some tips

    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." I hope that helps!
  21. Pick Your Favorite Ice Cream Topping and We'll Accurately Guess Your Checkered Past ~~~ Answers: Hot fudge
 Look, we all want to be world-renowned Olympic bobsledders, but most of us get there through good old-fashioned hard work instead of by making dubious bargains with that man in the sunglasses who waits at the crossroads at midnight. That’s all we’re saying. Sprinkles
 The lobster tank thing? Sure, maybe it got a little out of hand and, okay, some might say you went too far. And yeah, you and any future descendants are banned from all Whole Foods Market stores for the next five generations. But for the record, it was justice long overdue and you’d do it again in 
a heartbeat. Moths
 Once during a particularly competitive game of Trivial Pursuit you excused yourself to the bathroom and looked up an answer on your phone. You felt kind of bad about it later. Cherries
 You’d heard it all your life—that call, that song without words or melody that buzzed in the roots of your teeth. On the night your damp little fishing village was besieged by storms, you knew it was time to answer. You waded out into the tormented sea, guided by writhing shadows with impossible shapes. You followed the song down, down into the wild depths, and you finally shed your mortal husk, and you made a new home among old things with many teeth and many eyes and names that have passed out of living memory. Peanuts 
You really thought you were going that extra mile for your first backstage gig at the local community theater. You realized too late that “break a leg” is an idiom, not a suggestion. Whipped cream 
“Just beam down and check it out,” your Beloved High Commander told you with curiously smug smiles on all five of their faces. They deposited you on the humid blue planet with a ration supply and a cheerful parting promise to “swing by and pick you up later.” That was five years ago, by this planet’s reckoning. Staples
 You told your friends you couldn’t hang out on Saturday because you were so busy—honestly, just completely swamped—but really you just stayed in bed all day and watched seventeen episodes of Guiding Light.
  22. Nino Cipri is a queer and trans/nonbinary writer, currently enrolled in the University of Kansas’s MFA in fiction. They are also a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, and other publications. A multidisciplinary artist, Nino has also written plays, screenplays, and radio features; performed as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer; and worked as a backstage theater tech. CICADA: Both Jeremy and Merion gravitate towards all things fanged, tentacled, and undead. What kind of comfort/empowerment/affirmation can be found in embracing the monstrous? NINO CIPRI: On a more personal level: Monster is the name I give to my depression when I’m trapped in it. I feel like a monster: inhuman, alien, horrible, radioactive, destructive. It’s not an accident that this is what I’ve heard all my life—that my queer self is monstrous, that my trans body disturbs people, that my existence is a mistake or a joke. When I’m depressed, I’m too worn down to disagree with those messages. Embracing the monstrous is how I tell myself that it’s good to live in my body, to love who I do, to feel my feelings, to find my own reasons to keep living. (Sidenote: the Gay Babadook memes during Pride were GIVING ME LIFE, because he’s pretty much all of the above feelings wrapped up in a pink boa and top hat.) On a larger level: normativity kills people. I don’t mean that metaphorically. People die because the world refuses them entrance based on perceived deviance from “normal.” We are refused healthcare based on that deviance. We’re hounded out of public places through ridicule and refusal. We face violence (like all monsters inevitably do) and commit or consider suicide in higher numbers (because the world has no room for us). But “human” has a high entrance fee. Traveling from monsterhood and assimilating into humanity demands stripping out the most essential parts of yourself. I would rather be whole and a force to be reckoned with. I’d rather be a monster, aligned with other monsters. CIC: Tell us a little bit about your creative process. How does a story first take shape in your mind? What does your revision process look like? How do you break through the dreaded writer’s block? NC: My stories often come unexpectedly, especially when I’m bored. Certain kinds of boredom are actually really helpful to my creativity, since my imagination will do pretty much anything to escape the mindless task at hand. (I’m pretty sure I started writing “A Silly Love Story” while doing laundry.) I’ve worked a lot of boring jobs, and some of my best ideas came when I was cleaning other people’s bathrooms, fixing bikes, or shelving books. Public transportation and bicycle commutes are also great times to be bored and come up with stories. I don’t have a single, streamlined writing process. I like knowing the beginning and ending and letting the middle work itself out on the page, but other times, I just have a single idea and free write from there. My revision process can be really lengthy; I’ve tossed out and rewritten entire drafts, then tossed out the rewrite and started again from scratch. I’m not sure about writer’s block. I did lose the ability to write poetry when I was seventeen and dealing with a bunch of horrible stuff in my life, but got into other forms instead. That became a pattern in my life; when I couldn’t write poetry, I wrote plays. When I couldn’t do that, I wrote fiction, or fanfiction, or essays, book reviews, angry emails, or journal entries about how miserable I felt. I think—after almost fifteen years—that I’m getting ready to write poetry again. Creativity isn’t a well that dries up; it’s a certain way of engaging with the world. The practice stays the same, even as the forms shift. CIC: What is inspiring you most right now? NC: 2017 has been ROUGH, not just because of politics and homegrown fascism, but because of personal losses, grad school, personal changes. My families—the biological one and the chosen one(s)—have kept me afloat. I’ve taken a lot of strength from my elders, who teach me how to fight and build even when I feel broken, and from young people, who are dreaming new futures in the face of despair. I’m feeling especially inspired by the prison abolition movement, particularly the activists that are based out of Chicago, and the changing face of the labor organizing and activism. These two movements are the ones that have the clearest visions of a future I want to live in. CIC: If you could go back in time and meet yourself when you first started writing, what advice would you give yourself? NC: Write the stories that you want to read. Don’t listen to people who say that fanfiction is weird and a waste of time. Stop quitting your novels at 20,000 words. CIC: If you were a ghost or poltergeist, what would your haunting M.O. be? Rattling chains? Flickering lights? Something a little more unorthodox? NC: I would haunt certain politicians’ offices and let out long, loud, juicy farts during important meetings, press conferences, and speeches.
  23. We’ve all bought into the propaganda. Houseplants “purify the air.” They “improve your mood.” They “bring more oxygen into the home.” They’re an “easy” and “cheap” way to “decorate.” And above all: they would never harm you. Right?? WAKE UP, houseplant owners of all nations. Stop being such LEMMINGS. You really think these aesthetically pleasing green florae have your best interests at heart? Here’s an easy way to find out just how bad things have gotten in your home. Answer yes or no to each question, and may the gods of vegetation have mercy on your soul. --- How many "Yeses" did you get? 0—5 “yes” answers: You are probably—almost definitely—but not assuredly—fine. Your houseplants are feeling a little restless, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Just be sure to keep watering them regularly so that they stay happy. Oh, and keep your fertilizer on a high shelf. Just to be safe. 5—10 “yes” answers: Your plants seem to have gotten their vines on some radicalized literature, like The Coreopsis Manifesto, Plantocracy in America, Vegetable Farm, or Rights of Plant. You may want to consider investing in a heavier lock on your bedroom door and moving that murderous string-of-bananas vine OUT of the bedroom. Now is the time to make alliances, so try striking up a conversation with the succulents. Isn’t it a lovely day outside? What’s new with them? Do they have any, um, demands that have yet to be met? 10—16 “yes” answers: Flee, pitiful human, flee! It is not safe to live here anymore. Your plants have already taken over the living room, and their razor-sharp vines are encroaching on the kitchen as we speak. Grab your keys and the Miracle-Gro and run before the string-of-bananas vine snags you around one ankle and the majesty palm leaps on your back, shrieking revolutionary slogans and demanding instant surrender. Run!
  24. Please Enjoy this Quiz*

    *That is definitely not mind control Oh hi there, CICADA reader. We had no idea you were coming! Sit right down in this comfortable chair. Why not place this lovely white helmet over your head while you’re at it? My, how big your eyes are. Now answer these questions in whatever way you like. Remember, there are no wrong answers, just ungrateful insubordinates. Xoxo, CICADA --- RESULTS: You are a… Faithful and happy CICADA reader. Congratulations! After incredibly complicated calculations on our part that you needn’t bother trying to understand, we have determined that you take great pride in being a happy, industrious reader of CICADA. Yes, CICADA is central to your very identity, and you would be lost without it. Utterly lost. Read on—forever and ever and ever.
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