Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

When his latest 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 investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football teams to cheer (and fight) 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 first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a very long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades 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 great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern buildings. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, because basically anything can happen there.

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

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit 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 in the series.

Accidental 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. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is probably true considering that its not a massive country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had actually been built 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 could while I existed, since it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.

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 pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite nifty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

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Glasgow has a small train 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. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally use 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 because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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

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