In this prophetic science fiction story from 2015, a cooking blogger keeps up a cheerful attitude and makes do while self-quarantining with her family during a global pandemic. Excellent story and a fast read: “So Much Cooking,”, by Naomi Kritzer on Clarkesworld.

And from a few days ago, Kritzer follows up: “Didn’t I Write This Story Already? When Your Fictional Pandemic Becomes Reality. Some interesting discussion by Kritzer about the themes she explores in the story, how fans and friends are reacting today, what the author got right and wrong about the pandemic, and how the fictional characters’ quarantine struggles maps to reality.

Inspired by “So Much Cooking,” on my next grocery run, I’m going to go out and buy a couple of vacuum-sealed cans of Maxwell House or Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee. Just in case the good stuff gets hard to find.

I’m also going to think about what more I can be doing to help neighbors and the community. Confession: So far, not much.

Thanks, Cory.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner