Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest 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 investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous 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 unique magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several 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 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 great deal of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that practically anything can happen there.

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

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

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

Public transport is quite rad

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 quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine routes 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 as soon as, which is probably real since its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

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 taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a big task– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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 train that circles around the city core, however 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 tourists. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real because its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

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

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything 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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