Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting 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 mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing real investigators 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 endure.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks believe of visiting 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, however far more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder 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 industry was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, 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 finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, since pretty much anything can take place there.

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

Unintentional fires and home 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 in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

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 quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally 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 most likely true since its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried 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 attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but invest some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite cool 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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Glasgow has a little train 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 tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually 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 most likely real since its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever 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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