Whoosh! Hallelujah, praise the Lord, it’s over. #RBWL was this past Friday. To tell the truth, I was dragging my feet over this round of the Wishlist. I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to let it suck up my day, I didn’t want to promote it… I think a big part of the problem was I was concerned that people were getting tired of the hashtag. I didn’t want to bore anyone or bother their timelines, but after several people asked me specifically when #RBWL was coming back, well…
And you know what? I can’t speak for you all, but I had a blast. Old faces and new faces joined in and seemed to enjoy themselves, and several people said they were gleaning NaNo inspiration, which is just what I wanted.
Here are just a few of some of my favorite tweets (not including my own):
I would love to read gender swapped fairytales. (The girl is the beast, the Prince is woken by Snow White, etc). #RBWL
— Kathy Coe (@kathycoe) October 17, 2014
And while I’m wishing for that, books where faith is shown as just a part of life. Praying before meals, going to church, etc. #RBWL
— Jessica (@bookgeek2872) October 17, 2014
I need more dragon riders. POC dragon riders. Dragon riders of different fantasy-races. Modern POC dragon riders. #RBWL
— deux lectrices (@deuxlectrices) October 17, 2014
Also, in general, I suuuuuuper ship romances where they are so obviously in love but don’t explicitly say it. #RBWL
— AntiChristina (@Reader_Fictions) October 17, 2014
I would like a YA novel inspired by “Cell Block Tango”. Can you imagine a group of girls who get away with murder? A+ villains. #RBWL
— Alexa S. (@alexalovesbooks) October 17, 2014
I want more NA/YA/adult books that use uncommon mythologies like those of the Aztecs, Mayans, Polynesians/Hawaiian, and Celtics. #RBWL
— Jessie H. (@Jessi_Squeakers) October 17, 2014
I want female friendships that CAN’T BE BROKEN aaaand morally ambiguous ladies and ladies doing things and ladiesss #RBWL
— Serial Giller (@mizgillianberry) October 17, 2014
In case any of you were wondering, yes, the #RBWL Archives are still a thing, even though they haven’t been updated for ages. That’s part of my “Need to do someday” list. Sigh.
Also, I’ve decided that #RBWL will be scaled down to an annual event rather than a semi-annual event. I’m worried that people will just regurgitate old wishes if we keep to the October/April format, and #RBWL seems more useful just before NaNoWriMo anyways.
So thank you all for turning out on Friday, thank you for celebrating books and the wonderful stories and characters inside them, and thank you for continuing to strive for something more. See you all next year!