It came from Frances Pauli

Frances Pauli’s story “With Eyes Half Open” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 April 2019. “With Eyes Half Open” is the result of a writing prompt featuring circus-themed stories. I began with a young girl searching for magic, but as soon as Miranda walked through that gate, she was skeptical. The illusion of the lights and colors, the showiness and the theatrics did not impress her. I had to find something deeper, darker to …

With Eyes Half Open – Frances Pauli

The circus smelled of magic, of popcorn, dung, and cotton candy. Miranda squinted as she entered, just like the book suggested. She followed the crowd through the gate, then slipped between the wagons, searching for something only half open eyes could see. Magic dwells in the halfway places, in the between times and the long shadows that cannot be perceived with the eyes wide. She’d borrowed the book without asking, the one with gold designs …

A question for Frances Pauli

Q: If someone wanted to make an animated series out of your work, based on the title or recurring themes, what would it look like?

A: An animated series based on my work would look a great deal like studio Ghibli meets Disney’s Zootopia . I populate my worlds with talking animals, fairy tale themes, and a touch of humor. Miranda from “With Eyes Half Open”, would certainly love to be a Ghibli girl.


Frances Pauli’s story “With Eyes Half Open
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 April 2019.
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About Frances Pauli

Frances Pauli originally studied visual arts. She still wanders from time to time between the canvas and the blank page, but for the most part has settled herself down to tell stories. A lifetime resident of Washington State, she currently resides in the central desert with her family and a host of unusual pets. Her work is almost always in one of the speculative fiction genres and more often than not features animal characters.

francespauli.com, @mothindarkness


Frances Pauli’s story “With Eyes Half Open
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 April 2019.
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