Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but 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 sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures.

There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Accidental fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating 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 considering that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been developed 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, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everyone 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.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty clever 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. A small fraction 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 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.

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 an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

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