Thursday Thirteen #21 — More Soy Sauce Story


For those of you who haven’t been here all week, one of you groupies reminded me to tell the Soy Sauce Story. So I did. But then, I realized that I could envision my friends in the fictional city of Riverview having experiences with soy sauce, and that it could be an interesting way to show you guys the inner workings of my writer’s brain. So I let Val and Mitchell star in their own short outtakes, about soy sauce. This week’s Thursday Thirteen ties up all the loose ends — including some that I bet you hadn’t thought of.

Thirteen Things about The Variations on the Soy Sauce Story

1. Ping’s Soy Sauce doesn’t exist, as far as I know. Since very little of Riverview resembles brands and things we’re familiar with, I figured I’d create my own soy sauce, too.

2. I named Ping’s Soy Sauce after a friend. She’ll probably never know this, but I am quite sure that if she finds out, she’ll be embarrassed.

3. Oh, well.

4. I’m not really sure if the couple in Mitchell’s outtake are me and the Tour Manager or not. Yeah, that sounds like a conversation we’d have. But how can we exist in fiction?

5. Following Mitchell’s outtake, he asks Val if he bought the right stuff. She confirms that he did.

6. Since many of you don’t know Val very well, she is the granddaughter of a Chinese national who married an American woman, who then had a son. Thus, the rusty Mandarin.

7. I always thought I’d write about her mixed heritage, but I’ve read so many books about first- or second-generation Americans who struggle with their dual ethnicity, that it’s been done to death.

8. Besides, the current WIP gives her something much more interesting to struggle with. I hope.

9. Why do you want to know what Val and Daniel are doing going out to sex clubs? Don’t be a perv!

10. Anyone else curious to know why an Asian food market is on the way to a sex club?

11. Yes, Val bought her clothes at Lyric’s store. Want more of Lyric?

12. For those who don’t remember, are too lazy to investigate Val’s history, or whatnot, Val is picky about her soy sauce not because of her Chinese roots. She is a graduate of the Riverview Culinary Academy.

13. What do you know. Riverview Culinary Academy’s initials spell RCA. And what do you know, but that’s the name of an old-time record company. See how it all gets back to music? Rock on, my friends.

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  1. Claire

    March 21, 2007 9:05 pm

    Who knew you could make soy sauce so much fun!

  2. busy91

    March 21, 2007 9:11 pm

    Very Creative TT! I love reading things like this.

  3. Thomma Lyn

    March 21, 2007 9:22 pm

    Wow, what a cool TT! I’m with Claire, you made soy sauce fun in addition to yummy! :)BR/BR/Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. Mama Duck

    March 21, 2007 9:35 pm

    Mmmmmm soy sauce! I love it! Happy TT!BR/BR/Lisa – A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Lil’ Duck Duck/A

  5. Jill

    March 21, 2007 9:38 pm

    Could I actually visit your TT before you visit mine??? Wow, I’m fast today!!!BR/SEx clud and soy sauce????

  6. Chelle Y.

    March 21, 2007 9:53 pm

    You actually make me want to go cook some rice now! 🙂 I am hungry!

  7. littlebirdblue

    March 21, 2007 10:06 pm

    IBut how can we exist in fiction?/IBR/BR/Haven’t you seen BStranger Than Fiction/B?

  8. Tendrils

    March 21, 2007 10:10 pm

    I love it! Soy sauce will always make me laugh now! Thanks for visiting my TT!

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 21, 2007 10:11 pm

    No, birdie, I actually haven’t!

  10. Joan

    March 21, 2007 10:11 pm

    I’m going to have to backtrack and do some background reading — this was very interesting. Thanks for coming by my blog.

  11. Rashenbo

    March 21, 2007 10:40 pm

    I just didn’t realize there was such fascinating content on soy sauce! 🙂 I’ve got to use you as inspiration! 😀

  12. Joely Sue Burkhart

    March 21, 2007 10:43 pm

    RCA! Rock on indeed. 🙂 Love it.

  13. Lisa

    March 21, 2007 10:53 pm

    Ok, so now I’m hungry for Chinese food.

  14. Janet

    March 21, 2007 11:25 pm

    mmmm, man, I do love me some soy sauce!!!

  15. The Cosmic Kid

    March 21, 2007 11:50 pm

    I suddenly have a craving for chinese food….

  16. L^2

    March 22, 2007 12:39 am

    I love the soy sauce story (all three versions). I’m all for “unleashing the inner geek” in situations like that. :-)BR/Happy TT. 🙂

  17. Robin

    March 22, 2007 3:41 am

    Very cool. Great list.BR/BR/Happy TT. Mine’s up too but for some reason I’m getting sucked into the vortex of comment moderation, so you’ll have to use the Mr. Linkie link to come visit for now. The word Turkey must be a subversive word!

  18. Darla

    March 22, 2007 6:32 am

    re: #7: But it’s so much fun being a perf. ;-)BR/BR/Very cool TT.

  19. Tink

    March 22, 2007 6:34 am

    I didn’t have any idea what you were talking about, so I had to read back. :-)BR/Thanks for visiting my cars TT!

  20. Shelly Kneupper Tucker

    March 22, 2007 6:50 am

    I’m going to have to find out about why the Asian market is on the way to a sex club! Thanks for stopping by my site. I look forward to reading more.

  21. Lazy Daisy

    March 22, 2007 8:16 am

    Wow, that’s an amazing mind that you have.

  22. ChupieandJ'smama

    March 22, 2007 8:27 am

    I didn’t have time to do a TT today, but I had to come over and see what was going on. Soy sauce huh? Very interesting. It is a little insight into your writers brain. I could never be this creative 🙂

  23. ChupieandJ'smama

    March 22, 2007 8:27 am

    I didn’t have time to do a TT today, but I had to come over and see what was going on. Soy sauce huh? Very interesting. It is a little insight into your writers brain. I could never be this creative 🙂

  24. ChupieandJ'smama

    March 22, 2007 8:27 am

    I didn’t have time to do a TT today, but I had to come over and see what was going on. Soy sauce huh? Very interesting. It is a little insight into your writers brain. I could never be this creative 🙂

  25. Nancy Lindquist-Liedel

    March 22, 2007 8:43 am

    I love the name, “Ping’s Soy Sauce.” Your friend might be secretly pleased 🙂

  26. Jane

    March 22, 2007 8:46 am

    Very interesting. I learned something today.BR/Thanks for coming by my T13.

  27. karen!

    March 22, 2007 9:04 am

    Happy Thursday!BR/This has definitely been a fun week over at the WoM Meet and Greet.

  28. Joy Renee

    March 22, 2007 9:23 am

    hanging out here and getting to know Riverview and its inhabitants is high on my agenda for after the library closes April 6.BR/BR/meanwhile my TT #25 is the third of three TT lists of research projects impacted by the library closure. you might like this one best of all since it is 13 projects related to my fictional WIPBR/BR/

  29. Robyn Mills

    March 22, 2007 10:38 am

    Yikes – I must be getting old if RCA is an old time record company…..BR/Soy Sauce will never be quite the same again

  30. scooper

    March 22, 2007 10:40 am

    I forgot it was Thursday, so no TT for me this week. You’ll see why if you visit me today. BR/BR/I like this TT and the whore who buys it. LOL

  31. Lindsey

    March 22, 2007 10:43 am

    Number three sooo doesn’t count! Cheat. :pBR/BR/The RCA is also a religion. Its followers worship chocolate. 😀

  32. Christine

    March 22, 2007 10:55 am

    Soy sauce is one of my favs. I put it on all sorts of things. Love the list. 🙂

  33. Kristi

    March 22, 2007 11:41 am

    Hi Susan! Thanks for visiting my blog…your list is hilarious!

  34. Vicky

    March 22, 2007 11:43 am

    Great list! I avoid Soy Sauce like the plague because it gives me the worst migraines, but my family more than makes up for my lack of enthuse! I wonder if making my own would help… hmmm… how hard would you say it is?BR/BR/Happy TT!

  35. Daisy Dexter Dobbs

    March 22, 2007 11:56 am

    Oh, Susan, this was great! A really fun, unique list. BR/BR/Thanks so much for coming over and visiting my first TT! 😀

  36. Sybil

    March 22, 2007 12:22 pm

    Like Lisa I now want some Chinese food. Possible dumplings with dipping sauce.

  37. Gattina

    March 22, 2007 12:28 pm

    Holy ghost what a story ! Tonight I will have chinese WITH soya sauce, lol ! We also have some chinese here in Waterloo, but of course they are real chinese, no immigrates. They mostly own the chinese restaurants of course.

  38. Shiloh Walker

    March 22, 2007 12:35 pm

    I had no idea there was that much to blog about with soy sauce… lol

  39. Angela/SciFiChick

    March 22, 2007 12:59 pm

    I like saying Pink Soy Sauce. I don’t know why. I just like it.

  40. jean

    March 22, 2007 1:13 pm

    Hi,BR/What an amazing entry into the world of TT – very creativeBR/BR/thanks for visiting my blog

  41. Julia

    March 22, 2007 2:03 pm

    I love the way you tell the fun thing about Soy Sauce! 😉 Now you making me crave for some Chinese Foods! I use soy sauce in almost all my foods too 🙂 BR/BR/This is great and very creative! Happy T13 to you!

  42. Sue

    March 22, 2007 2:34 pm

    Interesting! I’ll have to come back when I have time and read more on this soy sauce.BR/BR/Thanks for visiting!

  43. Duchess

    March 22, 2007 4:51 pm

    Soy Sauce! My brother in law uses it all the time. I never knew there were so many uses for soy sauce.BR/BR/Thanks for visiting me. Most of us are tired taking History test!

  44. Rhonda Stapleton

    March 22, 2007 5:39 pm

    Okay, I’m so cracking up…what a cool topic!!!

  45. Selena Kitt

    March 22, 2007 6:23 pm

    Totally original :)BR/BR/Selena

  46. spyscribbler

    March 22, 2007 6:44 pm

    You did that RCA thing on purpose, didn’t you? This Soy Sauce story cracks me up.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  47. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 22, 2007 7:01 pm

    Actually, no. But it sure worked out perfectly! BR/BR/Happy TT, everyone! You guys know I love seeing you here. *ahem* Why not come by more often???

  48. webduck

    March 22, 2007 7:40 pm

    LOL, very funny TT. Thanks for visiting my blog today too. 🙂

  49. Angela Giles Klocke

    March 22, 2007 7:46 pm

    I’d be lying if I said I’m not confused just a little bit 😉

  50. Anonymous

    March 22, 2007 7:51 pm

    I love these random fact lists 🙂 BR/BR/Thanks for stopping by the Raven!BR/BR/MMBR/

  51. Michelle Pillow

    March 22, 2007 7:52 pm

    Great list, interesting subject!BR/BR/MichelleBR/

  52. Tempest Knight

    March 22, 2007 8:37 pm

    I have to admit I’ll never see soy the same way. 😀

  53. palmtreefanatic

    March 22, 2007 8:55 pm

    how fun this is! happy TT!

  54. christine

    March 22, 2007 9:00 pm

    Soy sauce, sex clubs and intrigue . . . I’m hooked. BR/BR/I’m all about words that begin with z this week.

  55. she

    March 22, 2007 10:04 pm

    Ummm, soy sauce. all of a sudden I’m craving chinese for dinner. Actually, I do want to know why the sex shop is so close to the chinese grocery…did you happen to check out the layout of the West Edmonton Mall? I believe they’re only a few feet away from each other there 0;)

  56. Marcia

    March 22, 2007 10:19 pm

    Well, soy sauce, and to think I threw away my little packet last night. I am so curious I have to go back and read, time to or not.

  57. Kuanyin

    March 22, 2007 10:50 pm

    Excellent direction to take a blog…very novel! 🙂

  58. Nancy J. Bond

    March 22, 2007 10:52 pm

    A very inventive and fun list! Great idea for TT.

  59. Sparky Duck

    March 22, 2007 11:47 pm

    I still say Val is the chick from Gilmore Girls (did I just say chick?)BR/BR/and we want to know about sex clubs so we know what we are missing.BR/BR/Im a foodie and I could care less about soy sauce. hell i substitute worstechire when need be

  60. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 23, 2007 7:41 am

    Yes, Sparky, you said chick. No, Val’s not her; I’ll have to show you more Val to prove it, huh? BR/BR/As for cooking… subbing Worcestershire for soy?? Remind me not to accept any invites for a home-cooked dinner from you! Yuck! (or is this a “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, Sooz,” thing?)

  61. cheesygiraffe

    March 23, 2007 10:21 am

    I like #3. Very creative! LOL

  62. PJ

    March 24, 2007 6:54 am

    I’m getting hungry now too!

  63. luckylady02

    March 24, 2007 7:03 am

    New to this just checking all links out. Yours was great.

  64. Sophisticated Writer

    March 24, 2007 6:10 pm

    I want some Chinese food NOW :-)BR/BR/I haven’t been around for a while so forgive me dear 😉

  65. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 24, 2007 6:12 pm

    Of COURSE you’re forgiven, babe! BR/BR/I’ve missed you; my feedreader’s been quiet without you.

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