Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures.

There are countless recipes 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. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally 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 when, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a big task– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool idea. 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 occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely 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 place later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming 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 been there once, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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