Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

When his newest 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 investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to 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, however far more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous 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 first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population generally halved 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 wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern-day buildings. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can occur there.

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

Unintentional fires and home damage were so typical 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 gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a club, 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 true given that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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

It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure dazzling

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out 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. One word that needed to go that individuals typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite clever 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally 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 because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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