Tom Mercer

  • Locations: Fiction, Opinion Published

    Work in Progres - Jan. 5, 2022

    Share your works in progress with readers by emailing illustrations, creative writings and poetry to fiction@soprissun.com

     

    The Resourceful Elf: Part Two
    By Tom Mercer
    Former Carbondalian

    Continued from Dec. 22, 2022 Work in Progress page 

    Snuffles the

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  • Locations: Fiction Published

    Work in Progress - Dec. 22, 2022

    Hello Darkness
    By Jampa
    Carbondale

    It’s that time of year
    When darkness drops without dusk
    And crushes the light.

     

    The Resourceful Elf 
    By Tom Mercer
    Former Carbondalian

    Snuffles the Elf had mixed feelings about the coming Christmas. Santa…

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  • Locations: Fiction, Opinion Published

    Work in Progress - Oct. 5, 2022

    Dream Time
    By Tom Mercer

    Dream Induction Technologies Corporation (DITC) had established an incredible record of success since its creation in 2041. The company was founded by Jay Skillton-Adams, the neuroscientist who initially developed and commercialized the dream induction process.

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  • Locations: Fiction, Opinion Published

    Work in Progress: Sept. 15, 2022

    Notes in The Pocket
    By Tom Mercer

    Zachary Gene Smithson led a solitary sort of life in a very small town in Central Illinois. Zachary was born there, just as his parents had been, and he knew nearly everybody in town by name. That was no major… read more →

  • Locations: Fiction, Opinion Published

    Work in Progress - Aug. 18, 2022

    The Apple Tree
    By Isabelle Levine, age 9

    It is autumn and my apples are ripening. Soon the whole Lee Family will come to my trunk for a grand party. 

    My leaves are shaking with excitement for that day to come. I love all the… read more →

  • Locations: Fiction Published

    Work in Progress - July 28, 2022

    The Man Next Door, Part Two
    By Tom Mercer

    My name is Alex and this is my story. It was the last week in May 2075 when Chrono-Corp transported me back in time to the first part of  the 21st century. My geographical target was the… read more →

  • Locations: Fiction Published

    Work in Progress - July 21, 2022

    The Man Next Door
    By Tom Mercer 

    I had lived on a dead end street in the suburbs of Boston for about 10 years when the man moved into the house next to me. We introduced ourselves to each other the day he moved in, but… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Local author quenches SciFi thirst with “THING: First Contact”

    This reviewer has been an avid reader of science fiction novels ever since discovering them in a small-town library in Illinois. Those books were “a ticket out of town” and transported the reader to different worlds, thereby broadening imagination and creating a literary thirst for more of theread more →

  • Locations: Fiction Published

    Work in Progress: April 21, 2022

    The Sopris Sun introduces the Work in Progress section which serves to highlight the ample creativity among the local community. Submissions are swept with an exceptionally light edit to preserve the creators intended voice and style. 

     

    The Story-Teller and his Dog
    By Tom Mercer

    My

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  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    A transplant’s tale from Florida-land

    Last autumn, my partner and I said goodbye to Carbondale. We packed our belongings into a rental trailer and began the long drive to Florida. 

    We left Carbondale at 3 a.m. Glenwood Canyon had just been cleared of fallen rock and the pavement was stillread more →