BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Men Who Stare Out of Windows are NOT to be Trusted says Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House, knows that there is a time to laugh and a time to cry and a TIME to prepare for a visitor. I WATCH from … Continue reading

March 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

What Happens When You Ban Books…Craig Nelson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When the Viennese government compiled a Catalogue of Forbidden Books in 1765, so many Austrians used it as a reading guide that the Hapsburg censors were forced to include the … Continue reading

March 27, 2022 · 3 Comments

One Lost Earring and a Touch of Blackmail Create Trouble for Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper…and Then There’s the Twin Brothers

Mrs Finnegan is ALARMED that yet again her own problems outdo those of her readers in BOTH quantity and severity. She wishes she could return to the days when the … Continue reading

March 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Give Me Writers with Calloused Hands…Doug Murano QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I get tired of “under 40” lists. Show me someone who got their PhD at 60 after losing everything. Give me the 70-year-old debut novelist who writes from a lifetime … Continue reading

March 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

Writing Opportunity — Residency for Non-fiction Writers

FIVE very fortunate non-fiction writers will be awarded a week-long residency in Scotland – to be precise they will live in off-grid Bothys on the Isle of Eigg or in … Continue reading

March 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

What is this Husband Doing Once a month? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper BELIEVES she has the answer…

Mrs Finnegan IS BACK doing what she does best: guiding the giddy, aiding the apprehensive and directing the desolate. HER letterbox is always OPEN. She also keeps The Regency Town House ship … Continue reading

March 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

What You Learn from Reading Aloud – David Perez QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Reading aloud engages the senses, makes us think of rhythm, narrative flow, and stillness; connects us with how our words truly sound. Reading aloud slows us down. When we read … Continue reading

March 13, 2022 · 11 Comments

Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper Dispenses Advice and Finds a Diary Where Her Name is often Written LARGE

Mrs Finnegan is putting the tribulations of the last few weeks behind HER and throws herself into her work as Housekeeper at The Regency Town House only there appears to … Continue reading

March 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

A Quick Note to Regular Readers Who MAY have Noticed…

…that I have broken the habit of a decade (yes! that long) and published THREE insightful quotes about writing and being a writer this Sunday instead of the usual mean-minded, … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

For Most People Most of the Time it Takes Years to Write a Book – Annie Dillard QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Out of a human population on earth of 4.5 billion, perhaps 20 people can write a serious book in a year. Some people lift cars, too. Some people enter week-long … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 5 Comments

Humour is an essential part of writing – Maeve Higgins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Comedy belongs in every piece of writing — humour is not a dodge or a distraction or a cheap trick, it’s an essential part of being alive, and as such, … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

A life Changing Question – Sandi Toksvig QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

The Absence of Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper EXPLAINED and a Warning to Widows ISSUED

Mrs Finnegan craves your indulgence. Mrs Finnegan WOULD like to apologise. Mrs Finnegan BEGS you to remember that last week was the FIRST time an episode of her POPULAR chronicle … Continue reading

March 1, 2022 · 6 Comments