Greetings dear reader,
As you're probably aware, I am GentlemanJ, the author of a humble collection of stories known as The Journey of Graves. The series feature titular character Graves, a gun-toting marshal in service to the twin crowns and chronicles his tales as he travels the country, fights vicious beasts, harrows dangerous climes, and navigates the mystifying conundrums of love and friendship.
Oh, and he's human. Everbody is.
Yes, I in my great hubris, have violated what I like to call the Unholy Trinity of the Friendship is Magic Fandom. My first sin was creating an original character as the centerpiece of this saga. My second sin was to ship said character with one of the Mane 6. And last but certainly not least, my final sin was denying the pony way by committing the great heresy of humanizing the entire cast.
A moment, as you recoil in horror.
Yes, I committed the most blasphemous of all taboos by not just inserting human characters, but of changing all the denizens of Equestria into humans as well. I understand the distaste. Many consider humanization a hallmark of bad writing as its often used as a vehicle for shameless self-inserts or opportunity to rewrite the very personas of the cast. I understand that humanized stories are unpopular at best and at worst, a genuine insult towards all the things that made the fandom what it is today.
I understood all this before I started writing, and yet I did it anyway.
You see, dear reader, I am not the greatest of writers. Far from it. But I was ambitious and sought to take the characters I held dear and send them on a roller coaster adventure that spanned the entire spectrum of human emotion. I wanted to created everything from light-hearted laughter to heart-wrenching depressions, scenes that would send people to the stratospheric heights of joys and stories to make the soul weep with despair. With this as my goal, I humanized the characters, doing my best to transcribe their natures into a new world where I would have the freedom I felt necessary to breath life into my dreams.
Have I succeeded? I really can't say, at least not until The Journey reaches its final conclusion. What I can say is that I have readers, wonderful readers who follow along since the very first chapter and kept pace with each new addition. I've had readers who wrote words of encouragement that put a blush to my cheeks and a smile to my face. I've had people tell me that they genuinely care for Graves, people who've shown him and his stories more love than I could ever have hoped or even dreamed.
So if you haven't already, I'd like to invite you to come and have a look. Maybe you're looking for a good tale but aren't a fan of the human world. Or possibly you've heard rumors of The Journey but aren't quite sure if it's up to snuff. That's okay. You're not the first to doubt, and you certainly won't be the last. But whatever your thoughts about the genre, just know this:
The Journey of Graves is my pride and joy. It may not be a novel for the ages, but it is something that I look on with head held high. On that and that alone, I'd urge to you come and give The Journey of Graves a chance.
You might just like where it takes you.
To follow The Journey from where it all began, look no further than the first of the saga: When the Man Comes Around.
Also, there is a lovely TV Tropes page full of interesting tidbits regarding Graves and his adventures. It's entirely fan made, so give it a look and maybe add a little something should the wind fill your sails.