Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But he is likewise cursed. 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. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day buildings.

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

Unexpected fires and 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 up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

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

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to navigate quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted 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 depicted as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it because it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist 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 country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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