Paper Wishes – How to get your heart’s desire the 21st century way

Ever wish upon a star only to have it not come true?  Well, listen up, friends, because the lovely and talented author,  Jennifer M. Eaton, is going to share a new trick that makes all of her characters’ most anticipated wishes come true.  Read all about it in her guest post below.  Maybe if you try it, your wishes will come true, too.  Give it a whirl.


Twinkle twinkle little star – How do you make a wish?

What do you wish for? More importantly, how do you make that wish?

Wishing is something that goes back into history, and so many people and cultures have tried and true methods of making their wishes become a reality.

Cultural diversification like this fascinates me.  After all, we are all people.  We all have hopes and dreams, but we come up with different ways of giving our dreams a little “boost” to make that dream come true.

While writing my book “Paper Wishes” I came up with a new idea for making a wish.  Well, it may not be completely new. I have not researched EVERYWHERE, but it’s a new idea to me.

I decided to have my characters write their wishes down on a sheet of paper, and fold them into origami stars.  Their wishes were then “locked” not to be opened for a set amount of time before being revealed to see if they came true.

Neat, huh? It’s kind of like a time capsule for wishes.

I really loved the idea, because so much can go wrong.  Your wish is sealed, so what if you forget what you wished for? What if you didn’t write down what you thought you wrote down? What if your wish contradicts someone else’s?

That’s the funny thing about wishes.  They always come true, even if it’s not quite the way that you intended the wish to play out.

What about you?  What’s your traditional or superstitious way of making a wish?


Jennifer M. Eaton’s new book PAPER WISHES is currently available from Astraea press.  Sit back and read a while–and dream about your own wishes coming true.

Paper Wishes: Jill has no idea what to write down for her wish, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a wish that will change both of their lives forever.   Click on the book cover to get your own copy of Paper Wishes.


Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.

Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle. 

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. 

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

“W” is for…

Wishing upon Stars

Do you remember what it was like as a child, to look out on the world and see one big playground?  Life was full of possibilities.  Everything could be accomplished.  There were no limits, no timeframes, no impossible dreams.  And when times were bad, all you had to do was throw a coin in a fountain or find your favorite star and make a wish.

What happens to that innocence when we grow up?  Why must we lose that childish enthusiasm?  Who says we have to?  What’s wrong with wishing?

We all know what Jiminy Cricket said in Pinocchio:

What is that you say?  You’ve forgotten how to wish upon a star?  Well, it’s not that hard.  Just close your eyes and remember…

1.  Pick the first star you see, not the biggest or brightest.

2.  Stare at that star and repeat the lines from a long-lost poem:  “Star light, Star bright, the first Star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.”  (Go ahead.  Do it.  Let the magic from your youth fill your mind and soul).

3.  Now close your eyes and make your wish.  Say it aloud so the stars and heavens can hear it.  What good is a wish if it stays bottled up inside?  Release it to the universe.  Say it with love, with passion.  Don’t hold anything back.  You must believe in your wish.  If you don’t, how can the star believe in it either?

Does this sound childish?  To some…maybe.  To me…wishing is magic and magic is all around us and within us.  So go on, make a wish.  Dare your dreams to come true.     All you have to do is believe.