Sewing with less stress Front

Sewing with less stress Front
My newest sewing book

Sewing with less stress back cover

Sewing with less stress back cover
What my new book is about

Clothesmaking mavens

Clothesmaking mavens
Listen to me on the clothes making mavens podcasts

About me

My photo
I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



Follow me on Instagram

Follow on Bloglovin

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Where flypaper thoughts will be landing in the future

 First of all thank you thank you.

I have been really touched by the comments posted here on the retirement of this blog and by the private messages I have also received.

I think both you and I will miss Flypaper thoughts the most.

For that reason I have decided that my new reader newsletter, you can sign up here at  will also, and always, include a Flypaper thoughts section.

This will make me happy. Flypaper thoughts is my real voice.

The reader newsletter will also contain info on my writing projects that right now include one non-fiction book How to be an Older Woman (obviously mostly humorous) which I hope to have ready by early winter, and a few shorter novellas to be released as part of anthologies while I work on larger projects.

I also plan on making free "prequels" available through the website.

On the fiction side here are three series I have in the works:

  • Valerie Rankin and the Seaside Sewists. Set in Gasper's Cove Nova Scotia based around a small sewing school.
  • A yet untitled series on a traveling bridal dressmaker who tours the southern US in an RV (now where do I come up with an idea like that?)
  • Also untitled series on an irresponsible grandmother who solves crimes with the help of her responsible grandchildren (the research team is heavily involved in the developmental stages of this one)
As these get closer to release dates I will be looking for a few folks to join me as either Beta readers (those who see the manuscript at the first draft stage and can offer corrections, suggestions and feedback) and ARC readers (those who are sent a copy about two weeks before publication date on the understanding that they post honest reviews).

And in the middle of this of course the sewing continues!


Moosiemoose said...

No, again, thank you for continuing to be the amazing person you are and sharing yourself with us. So happy to hear that you will continue the Flypaper thoughts. Jean

Momadams said...

I hope there will be audiobook editions so we can listen while sewing.

Lisa - SF Bay Area said...

Do you need any material for your old lady stuff??? I can take notes from my day and send them off to you. I will begin today with stepping on my computer glasses and then trying to take a 3 hour class on zoom that was not recorded to view later:)! Even if I had glasses that worked, I certainly would never remember more than 15 minutes of this morning's material. Oh well, I think it was fun....but then again, I don't remember.

I can proof read for you also but I cannot give an unbiased book review since I already know I will absolutely enjoy anything that you publish.

Sox said...

Retiring from your blog is definitely increasing your time writing. I enjoyed your blog and I am definitely going to read your stories -where can I buy them?
I wish you all the best!!

Vancouver Barbara said...

Your new life sounds thrilling. I am so glad that you will continue your flypaper thoughts. I'm up for being one of your readers. I've had a fair amount of experience with editing and professional proofreading. I encourage you a
s the Italian ladies encourage each other on with Coraggio! Avanti! Go forward with courage. I know you'll have a lot of fun writing your cozy mysteries and we, your audience, will have just as much fun reading them.

Barbara said...

Barbara why don’t you email me at so we can talk about beta teading?

Barbara said...

Ha ha that would be reading, many typos on my phone

Jean Shaw said...

I also have extensive editorial experience and would love to serve as a beta reader. Will email you.

Mary Jackson said...

Barbara, I just learned that you will be refocusing your writing efforts! I was a librarian for 40 years, now retired for 10, and sewed for even longer - 60 years, and an avid cozy mystery reader, I would love to be selected as one of your Beta readers, or ARC readers. Even if I am not selected I will anxiously wait for the publication of a cozy mystery focusing on sewing! WHOO HOO! I have written over 100 books and articles in the library field (interlibrary loan was my focus) so I have honed my skills in communicating with a specific audience.

I may not have followed your blog for years, but I am slowly getting back into sewing and discovering authors/experts who emerged after 1993 when my career consumed my every waking hour! Loved being a librarian, but I now wonder if I should have "done something" with my love for sewing. But, I am having great fun connecting with my love of sewing again.

Congrats on your redirection and refocus!

Mary Jackson (sewerlibn)

Anonymous said...

Oh, no, say it isn’t so! Phew, there still will be fly paper thoughts. In all seriousness, my husband and I love your flypaper thoughts. I used to read them to him at night and both of thought they were so point on. Eventually, I also discovered your sewing posts and have been steadily reading through them. Thank you for having shared your knowledge and passion, as well as observations on life with us. Looking forward to sharing in your new adventures. Wishing you much joy with your new writing :j