Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates 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 an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures.

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

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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.

Accidental fires and home 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 in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real given that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it since it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, since it is not widely offered outside of 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 taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it, though! 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

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations 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 people frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be a colossal job– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, 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 dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming 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 once, which is most likely true given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

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