A few years ago my friend Stef and I built a website on which people could make wishes, and grant each other’s wishes.

I say “we” built a website – in fact, Stef built the website and I provided moral support.

We used to do this sort of thing on a semi-regular basis, and it was really just a bit of a challenge to ourselves: “What can we invent and make in a day?” This was just one of those projects.

Interestingly, quite quickly, I So Wish built up a bit of a community. People liked to make wishes, and loved having them granted.

But they were not only wishing for ponies, lottery wins, romantic success and expensive toys – they actually started to use the site as a place where they could pour their hearts out, console each other and just generally be nice people.

Wishes do come true

One woman wished that she could live in America. A complete stranger offered to help grant her wish by donating his air miles so that she could come and look at properties.

Someone else, who was essentially confined to bed because of an illness, wished for a piece of software that would help get things done. However, the software was too expensive to afford on a sickness benefit. The company concerned got wind of the wish and donated a licence.

And lots more besides.

Stef and I even got into the spirit of things and granted a couple of wishes ourselves:

Ultimately, it became one of my favourite things I’ve ever been involved in, and it was filled with human stories, human kindness and lots of promise. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan, life got in the way, and to cut a long story short, the website doesn’t exist any more.

However, through my involvement in the website, I was inspired to write a book about making wishes.

How to make wishes – by a skeptic

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not believe in mystical forces or magical powers. To me, making a wish is a statement of intent. A goal. So my book, “How to Make Wishes That Come True“, is about that: goal-setting. Deciding to do something, getting inspired to carry it out, and then making sure it happens.

REAL wishes – not simply closing your eyes and believing that the universe will simply give you what you want if you ask nicely.

I wrote the book in 24 hours. As it happens, I was sick in bed and had nothing better to do, so I set myself the challenge of writing an e-book of at least 10,000 words within a day. The ideas were already basically there, it was just a matter of getting them down in as clear, helpful and logical fashion as I possibly could.

At the time I wrote it, there was (theoretically) a ready-made audience for it. However, as I said, things happened and the website came to an end. But I still had the book.

Sometimes they take time

Last night, I finally decided to make an effort and make the book available. It was a more complicated procedure than I had anticipated, but not actually “difficult”.

So as of today, I got my wish. I am the published author of a self-help book. Go me.

It’s available on Amazon in the UK, the United States, Germany and France.

It’s a Kindle book, which means that it’s only of any use to you if you have a Kindle, or the free Kindle app on your computer, or one of your many devices… But that’s most of you, right?

I’ve made it cheap and cheerful. Just a few pounds. Pretend you’re buying me a pint or something. Amazon take a slice, but then I get paid for being an author. And you might enjoy the book, or find it helpful or something. Everybody gets what they wish for.