Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions 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 full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous 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 a whole lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring 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 buildings. Basically its a great city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can take place there.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) 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 whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Accidental fires and home 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 went bad. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transportation is pretty 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 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 vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city areas without owning a vehicle showed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets depicted as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been built 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 attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did decide on a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but invest a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty awesome 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally use an old stone church, a pub, 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 men got around.

Now theres a lot 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 modern-day structures. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny 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 discover a place later in the series.

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