Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows 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 detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry 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 real estate more sensible 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 structures.

There are countless 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 extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Accidental 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 heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in places 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 small train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and urban areas without owning a car showed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxis 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

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not commonly 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 delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required 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 individuals typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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 stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely real because its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

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