Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody 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. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. Essentially its a wonderful city in which to set an urban fantasy, since basically anything can occur there.

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

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit 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 on in the series.

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally 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 when, which is most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not handle 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 taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.

It gets depicted as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

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

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually 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 as soon as, which is most likely real since its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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