Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest 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 detective– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates 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, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football teams 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a very long time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that pretty much anything can take place there.

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

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs 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.

Accidental 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 the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true since its not an enormous country and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural locations without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it because it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, because it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.

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 everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely 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 thinks tacos are a pretty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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.

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