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 crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

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

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day buildings.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study 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 very 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 heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true given that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural areas without owning a car showed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 due to the fact that 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 typically as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.

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, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend 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 completely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty awesome 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 finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny 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 on in the series.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically 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 when, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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

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