Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

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

But he is also 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 accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long period of time, however 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 sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that pretty much anything can occur there.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

Unintentional 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 warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is probably true given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets depicted as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled 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, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

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 require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a huge task– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite awesome 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit 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 location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely 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 been there when, which is probably real since its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

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