Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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 talent. 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.

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

However he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population generally halved 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 wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary buildings.

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

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 beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transportation 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 pleased. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city locations without owning a car showed me that my protagonist didnt require a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, because it is not commonly readily available outside of 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 delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks 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 magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine 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 actually been there once, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit 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 in the series.

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