Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start 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 peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially 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 criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is most likely real given that its not a massive country and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt need an automobile. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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

It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did choose a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a bar, lots 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 gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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