Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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 forced to play detective– while preventing 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 help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions 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 spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, since basically anything can take place there.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is most likely real since its not a massive country and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning a vehicle showed me that my protagonist didnt need an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it because it had been constructed 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, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge task– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty clever concept. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.

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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 pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely 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 as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction 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 very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

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