Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous 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 delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside modern buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban dream, since basically anything can take place there.

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

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent 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 end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Accidental fires and 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 heating up the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

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 permits individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically use 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 given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that 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 tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty clever 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 gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place 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 small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably true since its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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