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 mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof 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 need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern buildings.

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

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Accidental fires and 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 spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces hazardous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is most likely true since its not a massive nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning a car revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it because 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. Had it as frequently as I might while I existed, since it is not commonly readily available beyond Scotland.

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

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert 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 nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did choose a couple of words and phrases 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. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite nifty 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 utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny 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 place later in the series.

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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

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