Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical 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.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several 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 delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a very long time, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can occur there.

There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Unexpected 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. The primary perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transportation 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, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is most likely true because its not a massive country and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried 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.

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 taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit 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.

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

Glasgow has a small train 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, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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