Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions 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 require; multiple 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 initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. Basically its a great city in which to set a city dream, because pretty much anything can happen there.

There are thousands of recipes 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 suggest as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and home 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 spoiled. The main offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also 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 tourists. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally use an old stone church, a pub, 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 men got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

It gets depicted as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it because it had 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 dazzling

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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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Glasgow has a little 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 vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually use 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 probably true given that its not an enormous country and those men got around.

He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming 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.

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