Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football teams 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, since practically anything can take place there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals 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 up the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport 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 easily amazed. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is probably true since its not an enormous country and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had 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 widely available outside of Scotland.

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

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– but I did choose a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.


Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used 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 use for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally use 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 real because its not a massive country and those guys got around.

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

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