Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically 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 crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

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 onions and trolls and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years back, 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 things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day structures.

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

Unexpected fires and 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 heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is probably real because its not a massive nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city locations without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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 happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I was there, since it is not widely offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite cool 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably true considering that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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