Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

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

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; 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 delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a city dream, because practically anything can happen there.

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

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Unexpected fires and home 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 went bad. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely real because its not a massive country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural locations without owning a lorry showed me that my protagonist didnt need an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets portrayed as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it since 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, since 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.

The accents are pure dazzling

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas 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 individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever 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.

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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns 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 considering that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

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

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