Category Archives: Wishes

Wish #41: John Bartelloni

Whenever a brittle, yet brilliant high school English teacher bullies a Golden Girl beloved by her peers, my wish is that a young man to whom this classmate is very important will confront her tormentor by saying, “Leave her alone, Sister. She has done absolutely nothing to merit this treatment.”

I make this wish that those who can be protectors from bullies summon the courage to shield the gentle and less strong because many years ago I failed to come to the aid of someone who was and remains very dear to me.

She’s still the Golden Girl to those who knew and loved her.

John Alexander Bartelloni is a Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in economics (1975) who finally listened to that nagging voice deep within his soul and matriculated at George Mason University three years ago to pursue a B.A. in English. A senior in more ways than one his first day on campus, he’s been humbled and grown as a result. In the spring of 2011 he completed radiation therapy for prostate cancer; hormone injections continue.

Every day is a gift.


Wish #40: Michelle Reale

My death wish would for everyone to realize that we have time, in life, but not an ocean of time. Don’t put things off until some time in the future. The future, really doesn’t exist. There is only now. Appreciate life for the gift that it is and use that gift wisely.  Show others how to use theirs, too.

Michelle writes, listens to a lot of music and kind of lives in her own head most of the time. Her latest book is If All They Had Were Their Bodies, from Burning River.

Wish #39: Lauren Becker

My wish is that we remember the very best moment or day or event of our lives and die smiling.

Lauren is tall and writes stuff sometimes.

Wish # 38: Myfanwy Collins

I wish we would all stay just as we are this very moment and never be ill and never be weak and never die. Basically, my childhood wish remains the same. I would lie in bed and wish that my parents would never die and that they would never leave me. But they are dead now and have been for some time. Now I am the parent and yet my wish remains the same: that we stay as we are: safe and loved and protected. But someday I will die and when that happens years and years and years from now, I wish that I would be my son’s Jiminy Cricket, there when he needs me to remind him of what is good in the world, of what is beautiful, and what is right.
Myfanwy Collins lives and writes in Byfield, MA. Her novel ECHOLOCATION  is forthcoming in March 2012. Please visit her author website.

Wish #37: D.H. Cermeño

My wish is that my novel, Rising Sunsets, continues to give readers a feeling of optimism in order to overcome any obstacles they may face.

A third generation Florida native, D.H. Cermeño worked in Japan as an English teacher after graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans. Upon returning to the United States, he earned his M.B.A. from Crummer Graduate School at Rollins College. D.H. has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Central America and especially loves visiting his extended family in the northern part of Spain. Rising Sunsets, his first book, recently won a Silver Medal in the Florida Publisher’s Association’s 2011 Book Award competition.  For more information, please visit

Wish #36: Brian Moll

My wish is simple. In fact, that it may appear at first blush to be a wasted wish. Like when you’re at this upscale Asian restaurant that serves the best duck noodle soup in the world, and instead of ordering that, or the Chicken Lo Mein or the Hunan Pork, to the disbelief of all your friends and the waitstaff who don’t even speak more than a dozen words of English outside of what is on the menu, you order a cheeseburger. My wish when I die is that the people of earth finally develop a sense of humor. And not this tragic delusion of a sense of humor that most of the world seems to share (i.e. Dane Cook is a comedian, and the things Congress does are so serious), either.

Brian Moll is the co-editor and co-founder of Kindling, a new literary magazine based in DC. He also writes things, and dabbles in poetry when he’s feeling moody.

Wish #35: Debra Lattanzi Shutika

I wish for time travel.  I don’t want a time machine, but retrocognition (or timeslip).  I want to you to walk into the past as easily as you walk into your house.  And back again.

Forget the paradoxes.  I’m dead and I want you to visit.

Debra is the author of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico. She is also revising a novel that involves time travel. Updates on her progress can be found on twitter @DebraLattanzi

Wish # 34: Stephen Falke

My death wish is the same as my life wish–that the people of Japan may know deep down in their being that the God of the universe, the God of power and planets and peace and rollie-polies, the God of love and light and hope–may they may know He loves them. And not in the watered down American cultural notion of love, but really, loves them.

Stephen Falke is currently a student at George Mason University, studying English and Japanese. He grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, with his parents and six brothers. Though he is not yet published, Stephen Falke maintains a blog about his experiences with studying abroad in Japan at Gaijin’s Dream, and he has written poetry and a few short stories over the years. He has become an aspiring writer and teacher, and hopes to move to Japan after graduation to begin his career.

Wish # 33: Tiffany Kajer Wright

I must be dead if you’re reading this.  I wonder how I died?  I suppose it doesn’t matter now, so here’s my death wish.  I wish for all expressionless and drab socks to go away.  Only vibrantly or violently colorful socks will remain.  Nobody, not even the most serious CEOs, diplomats, heads of state, or the police will don black or gray socks.  No more navy blue for the Navy’s admirals or army green for the Army’s generals.  Maybe the world will take itself a little less seriously.

Tiffany Kajer Wright currently majors in English at George Mason University.  She lives in DC, in a townhome where she and her husband serve the wishes of one cat.

Wish # 32: Julie Michelle Rodriguez

All positions at mind-numbing and soul sucking jobs are suddenly filled by self-sufficient robots who want nothing more than to answer phones and serve up fast food. They work tirelessly, day and night, for free. The only people disappointed by the change are Hamburger University graduates.

Julie Michelle Rodriguez is a freelance writer, editor, and illustrator. She writes poetry and very short fiction at