Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits 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 extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather 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 basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary buildings.

There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location 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. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to navigate quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not a massive nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it since it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big task– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite cool concept. 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 small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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