Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures.

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

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming 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 discover a location later on in the series.

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 warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably true considering that its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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

It gets represented as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that 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 fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy 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 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern buildings. A small 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 whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns 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 true considering that its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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