Category Archives: juvenile fiction

Cicada: Is It Si-KAH-Da or Si-KAY-Da?

They came. They Shrieked. They mated. And then they were gone. We tweated, Facebook wall-posted and blogged about them. We named ourselves after them. (E.g., CicadaMania, CicadaPhobia, BuzzCicada, etc, are all well-known Twitter handle and Internet pseudonyms.) We created new word for their visit: Swarmageddon.

But there is an eternal argument that will never go away, even long after the Brood II swarmageddon’s over. And that is the pronunciation of the word “cicada.”

So do you say si-KAY-da, or si-KAH-da? Before you jump to your quick conclusion, watch a short and fun video of Zoe and Jennifer, who cross swords in a you-say-to-MAY-to-and-I-say-to-MAH-to duel: (Scroll down to the “Book Description” section to watch the video.)


While you are here, cast your vote on whether “cicada” should be pronounced as “si-KAH-da” or “si-KAY-da.”

Children’s Illustration Book “My Life as a Cicada” Jumps to #2 Spot for Hot New Release

The latest release from Red Lantern Press, a children’s illustration book by M. Eigh, titled “My Life as a Cicada,” has jumped to the #2 spot in the “Bugs and Spiders” category on Amazon today, as shown in the following screen capture.



Currently, the book is on a 99¢ special. You can grab a copy here if you act quickly.

Robin Lee, Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “My Life as a Cicada” together with her niece and given it a professional review. She’s given the book a 5-star rating. You can see her review here:

Red Lanterm Press Publishes “My Life as a Cicada” by M. Eigh

A bug’s life told in beautiful prose and pictures.



Jun. 14, 2013 – ARLINGTON, Va. Red Lantern Press – an Arlington, VA based independent Publishing house specializes in niche imprints – has published “My Life as a Cicada” by M. Eigh.

“My Life as a Ciacada”( is dramatized but truthful illustration of a 17-year periodical cicada’s myterious yet dramatic life cycle. People say a picture is worth a thousand word, well, this book as 24 beautiful pictures. That is worth 24,000 words!

This book is produced and written by M. Eigh and illustrated by Bogdan Lucut. It tells the long journey of a cicada nymph trapped underground for seventeen years; the friendly and hostile subterranean creatures he encounters; and last but not least, his triumphant debut in the above-ground world of the sun, the moon and open air to fly in.

It’s suitable for both adult and children. Parents and kids and enjoy a cicada’s life story together.

About M. Eigh

M. Eigh was born in China and, before getting an MBA, he received a BSc from China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, where most modern day Chinese ruling elites obtain their academic pedigree. But the alma mater is about the only thing he has in common with the techno-dictators of today’s China.

In his younger days, M. Eigh was a published poet in Chinese; at the age of fifteen, he won the first-place award in a prefecture-wide youth literature competition.

Other than “My Life as a Cicada,” M. Eigh has a short fiction collection, titled “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair” on sale.( His latest Science Fiction thriller, “The Cicada Survival Guide,” is a Amazon hit.(

M. Eigh has al written a non-fiction that makes sense of all things curious in today’s China, entitled “Revolution is a Dinner Party — Rogue Pluralism in China.” (

Media Contact:

M. Eigh
Red Lantern Press