Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

He is also 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 passing away in strange freak accidents. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break 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 required to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much 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 require; multiple 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can occur there.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Accidental fires and property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is probably true given that its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a lorry showed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the nation occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow has a little train 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 impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally 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 probably real because its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern buildings. A tiny fraction 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 everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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