Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed 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 secret of his curse.

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

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 captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can take place there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable

Accidental fires and home 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 the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used 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 use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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 individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably real since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I was there, since it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required 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 used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty clever 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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real since its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

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