Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is likewise cursed. Anyone 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. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart 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 amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning 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 mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures.

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

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 adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real since its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been developed 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 could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

The majority 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 broad range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed 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 associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation 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 try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– however I did settle on a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated 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 believes 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 small train that circles around the city core, but 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 impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs 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.

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

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