Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern buildings. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, since quite much anything can happen there.

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

Accidental 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 warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction 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 everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes 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 taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.

It gets depicted as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Since 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 told that word may get used in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite nifty 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 amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. A small portion 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 find a place later in the series.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

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