Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical 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, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is probably real given that its not a massive nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it because 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, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big job– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

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