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 distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various 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 criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather 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 ago, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance 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 together with modern buildings.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

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 the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables 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 charming wee towns that typically use 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 most likely real because its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not extensively offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

Many 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 wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes 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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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

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