The Black Lace Business Model

Tonight I’m running my business from the bed in our guest bedroom. This is where I’m writing this post, planning a class I’m going to teach and generally working on connecting with as many smart, sexy, supportive women as I can. I’m wearing my new Hello Kitty slippers and the leggings and tee shirt I put on for yoga this morning.

Despite my appearance and my lack of a real office, I know that the work I do is no less important or valid than that of suited men in nondescript glass towers. Because I represent the new business model, the entrepreneur, particularly female entrepreneurs who are rewriting the way business is done and what’s considered true commerce.

I’ve been working on refining the keywords for Karen Gordon, Author. These are terms and ideas I want tied to my work. When you type these words into Google I want my writing and teaching to appear, somewhere near the top of your results. I’m still in the process but I’ve got more direction now. Through this process I noticed that the main continuous thread in all my writing is strong females characters. Even future novels revolve around women who live their lives on their own terms.

I support women’s sexuality in my writing–in all forms. I want women to feel free to choose,without fear of social persecution, to be as sexual as they want to be or not be. I’m creating characters who are solid in their feminine power and energy whether they are sharing that with another or enjoying it just for their self.

My heroines are engaged and busy, making bank, making a home or both; they are not wasting time bringing other women down. Drama sells, but my brand is not cheap drama generated by small people. Believe me there’s enough real excitement in raising children or building a business to fill a thousand novels.

I love the idea that married or single, working inside or outside the home, all women can contribute to increasing our value in society. It’s not only the CEO’s and Vogue cover models, but women’s with much quieter goals too who are erasing old stereotypes. My writing, my business is about and for all of them.

I’m still in the process of fleshing out my exact keywords but along the way I started to think about images and the idea of black lace and my geek glasses came to mind. Alone they represent female sexuality and intellect but combined they create a potent mix. Once thought of as opposites, madonna or whore, smart or sexy, mind or body; I now see them as the perfect combination or balance of all that women can be.

I’m going to be updating some of my artwork to encompass these ideas and honing on the keywords that will hopefully bring more smart, sexy, supportive women into my tribe. It’s one of my major projects for 2016.

So what are your keywords? Whether you have a business or not, what words encompass who you are, how you want to engage with the world. Share yours with me and I’ll share mine as soon as I can pin them down. Black lace is looking good though.




My Muse At Work

I’m more of a scientific than a spiritual person, but there is no denying when my muse is at work. I recently finished a fantastic book on writing, Wired for Story, and I am almost ready to begin writing on my next story (or stories, in this case). In a coincidence that can only be attributed to my muse, I was offered a last-minute chance to spend a few days in Savannah, Georgia, the setting of my next story.

I chose the city after I fell in love with it last summer. The vibe here fits my heroine to a tee. On the surface Savannah is all proper Southern genteel charm, but that’s the side she wants you to see. If you stay a while and get to know her you will see the crazy and the inappropriate side and the passionate side that inspired works like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

My blog will be short today because I only have so much time to dig deeper and find all the juicy details that will make Vivienne’s story so much more enticing. I’ll leave you with a few pictures to whet your appetite.

Beautiful garden squares are perfect for people watching.

Nearby Tybee Island where I ate my weight in seafood.

Biker Bar (one of many great Irish Pubs)