Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows 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 avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always 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.

But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start 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 accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures.

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

Unexpected fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles 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 travelers. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely 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 when, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and urban locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my lead character didnt require a cars and truck. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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 everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I existed, since it is not widely available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a big job– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array 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 noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas 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 needed to go that individuals often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

***

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty clever idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.

Kevin Hearne: Website|Instagram|Twitter

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. 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 on in the series.

Like this:
Like Loading …

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *