Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death seems 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.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret 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 unique magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider checking out 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, but far more budget-friendly. 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 shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal 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 long time, but 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 finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. Essentially its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, since pretty much anything can take place there.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in 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 massive lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Accidental 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 the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually offer 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 since its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not commonly offered beyond 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! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

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

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did pick a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy 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, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite 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 magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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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 vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically 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 true because its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot 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 alongside modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny 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 on in the series.

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