Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

However he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider going to Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even 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; several 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a very long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population basically 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 wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, since practically anything can happen there.

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

Unexpected fires and property 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 slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized 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 first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real since its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it because 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. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, because it is not extensively offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did choose a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated 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 totally different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite awesome 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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 place later in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally 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 true since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

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