Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his most current 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 required to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Unexpected fires and home 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 spoiled. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally use 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 probably true since its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively readily available beyond Scotland.

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 taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely 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 likewise thinks tacos are a quite 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming 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 been there once, which is probably real considering that its not an enormous country and those men got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

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