Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious 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 attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several football teams to cheer (and fight) 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 a lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, because basically anything can take place there.

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

The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially surprising to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs 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.

Accidental 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 spoiled. The main offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true because its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it since it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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. I was informed that word might get used in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. 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, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty awesome 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 on in the series.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally 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 most likely true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

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