Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings.

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

Accidental fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical 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 sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transportation is pretty 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 easily impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both metropolitan and rural areas without owning a vehicle showed me that my lead character didnt require an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I was there, because it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look 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 really a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family 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 uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real because its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

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