Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even 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; multiple 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 rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a very long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. Essentially its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that practically anything can take place there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical 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 awful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer 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 probably real given that its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

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 taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted it because it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Considering that 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. I was told that word might get used in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty 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 subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally 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 most likely real since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

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

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized 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 find a place later in the series.

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