Confessions and Calf Fries!!


I used to write and publish confession stories.  They were basically short, first person romances or thrillers with outrageous titles.  After I sold my second one, the editor called me to ask if I had more.   Once you get through the long, long slush pile and get to know an editor or two, this can be a nice way to earn a little extra cash. 

There was one editor in particular who just loved Oklahomans.  She came to the OWFI (Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.) conference for several years.  She let most of us email the stories in directly.  She shocked me the first year.  I had recently published a story for them about a woman who learns about her runaway daughter years later through an inherited computer. (Based on something that really happened when I worked in computer repair.)

I went up to her to thank her for how quickly that story had gone through and she rattled off the title and subject of the story–one that hadn’t even been published in “her” magazine.  She said they’d passed the story around the office and loved it. 

So, after this editor left, she told the next one about OWFI.  This editor comes to the conference and asks for authentic, Oklahoman food. 

Someone took her for lamb fries. 

I wrote about this and the hilarious later conversation some of us had with Jennifer Blake here. 🙂 

(BTW, some of you will be happy to see that I shared the title of a manuscript that was later pulled out, redone and is now making the agent rounds.  Yes, DOTT stands for Dweller on the Threshold.)

Anyway, I couldn’t understand why Oklahoma and lamb fries had been paired like that.  Maybe I get it now.

The hubby and I love this show called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  We’re always hoping they’ll show places in Oklahoma so we can do a short road trip and visit.  We just caught an episode and guess what?  They came here.  And guess what they came to try??

I know it’s beef country, but come on! 


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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2 Responses to Confessions and Calf Fries!!

  1. oh so that is the title. I love it. Catchy!

  2. Pingback: diners drive ins and dives

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