Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only 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 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 about visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls 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 filled with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern-day structures. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, because pretty much anything can occur there.

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

Unintentional 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. The main offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

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 substantial bibliography for more reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a decent public transport 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, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns 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 existed when, which is probably real since its not a massive country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan areas without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it because it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did pick a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert 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 truly a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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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 pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally use 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 considering that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

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

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