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 special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center 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 earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings.

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

Unintentional 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 warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny 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 place later in the series.

Public transport is pretty 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 quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a bar, 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 since its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan locations without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it since it had been constructed 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 delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool 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 finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A small fraction 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 place later in the series.

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

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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally 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 real since its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

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