Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football groups 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 first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. 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 decades back, 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 things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can happen there.

There are thousands of recipes 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 tiny portion of the research 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 use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

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 in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true since its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.

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 happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did choose a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique 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. I was informed that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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 stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the 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 permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real since its not a massive country and those dudes got around.

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

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