Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research 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.

Accidental fires and residential or commercial 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 spoiled. The main culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide 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 most likely true considering that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it because it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I existed, since it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however 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, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed 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 typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite 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 subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely 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 once, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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