Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football teams to cheer (and battle) for; an eldritch organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & & Museum; master distillers of whisky and gin that are the envy of the world; and it utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, because basically anything can happen there.

There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable

Accidental fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably true because its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I existed, because it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a big task– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people often relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the country occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite nifty idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably true since its not a massive country and those men got around.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

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