Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

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

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several football groups 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 delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can occur there.

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

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is probably real since its not a massive nation and those men navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban areas without owning a vehicle revealed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.

It gets depicted as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted it because it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to have 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 might get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.


Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

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

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