Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football groups 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however 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 great deal of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set an urban dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can take place there.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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 warming the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it since it had actually been developed up 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 could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not commonly offered outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did pick a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get used in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

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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 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 captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

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