Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.

However when his most current 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 detective– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football teams 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 remainder of the European continent. That was an entire lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. 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 side-by-side together with modern buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set an urban fantasy, because basically anything can occur there.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion 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 a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Unexpected fires and property damage were so common 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 offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally 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 probably real since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets depicted as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced 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.

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 everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, 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 various sound. Given that 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 informed that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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 numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used 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 use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a club, 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 because its not a massive country and those dudes got around.

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