Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

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

However 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 required to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest 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, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, since practically anything can happen there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

Accidental fires and property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The extensive usage 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 used in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide 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 given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it due to the fact that 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 existed, since it is not widely available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did choose a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes 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 nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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