Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered 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 industry was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. Basically its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, since basically anything can happen there.

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

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 ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan areas without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it since it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. 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. One word that had to go that individuals frequently relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to offer 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 value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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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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 quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true since its not a massive nation and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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