Spooktober 2022 Day 1: Headstone

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The cemetery hasn’t had a volunteer headstone cleaner in a long time, so I’m surprised to see you.

You make your way over to my grave, a plastic bucket dangling from your hand, this rattling with the tools of your trade. Spray bottle, brushes. A pick. A scraper.

I’ve always enjoyed watching the process of headstone cleaning.

Crouching in the grass, you set to the quiet, rustling work of clearing grime from stone. But as you pick out my engraved death date, you pause.

You’ve seen what the others saw—a countdown.

One number ticks over.

Because I’m coming back.

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With Words We Weave 2022: Hope

Featuring an exclusive Hopeful Wanderer short-story!

For over 100 years, Texas High Plains Writers has been a part of great storytelling in Texas and beyond.

This year, our anthology offers a collection of short-stories, memoirs, inspirational essays, and poetry filled with hope.

With 22 talented authors, from best-sellers to the first time in print, there is something for everyone. 

Great heroes of legends past sit side by side in these pages with the unsung citizens showing kindness to strangers. Humor, adventure, and nostalgia combine to remind us all that hope can be found anywhere. 

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