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 distinct 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.

But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures.

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

Unexpected 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 went bad. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically use 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 most likely real given that its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I existed, because it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did choose a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely real because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything 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.

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