Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns 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 detective– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically 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 reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky 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 utilized 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 a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that quite much anything can take place there.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much more secure, but 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 extremely advise 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 red or worn lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs 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 in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles 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 tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural areas without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because 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 frequently 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, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

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 noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look 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 actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be an enormous task– however I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study 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 utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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