Long before the L word and The Planet, I wanted to write a story about a meeting space in Central Harlem where African American lesbians and their friends could meet, mix and mingle. I envisioned telling a series of short stories about the women who inhabited the place but first I had to decide what kind of place would women want to meet and greet each other.
At first, I thought about making the meeting place a bar. I decided against it because I’d always had bad luck meeting people at bars. I’m not a drinker and the smoky fog from them always gave me sneezing fits. I never met nice people I’d want to spend more than a minute talking to in a bar. For me, hanging out in bars was torture. I discovered I was allergic to cigarettes and I hated the barflies I met. I quickly nixed the idea the centralized meeting place should be a bar.
The more I thought about what to write, the more I realized my story could take place in a restaurant, a sandwich/coffee shop or a small boutique store or a bookstore. My newly created meeting space needed to be someplace where women would normally go. Once there, they would want to spend time there because they enjoyed being there. Doesn’t everybody like to eat delicious foods and share interesting conversations while they eat? Don’t many women bring friends with them when they shop for clothes then stop somewhere to eat and discuss their purchases? Now, that I got that straight in my head, I just had to create the stories to go along with my vision.
Since I loved telling tales of younger women falling for older women, one of the stories had to include that topic. In another story, I decided to write the tale of a professional, highly educated woman who finally takes notice of a skilled, female construction worker’s enthusiastic catcalling admiration. The final tale had to include another highly educated woman who gives up a Wall Street like job to become a hands-on carpenter
creating beautiful wooden creations. She goes to work for a geriatric psychiatrist who opens her frozen heart. Thus I created Two Moons Bakery
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