Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes 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 extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was an entire lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, because basically anything can happen there.

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

The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates 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.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property 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 went bad. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is most likely real because its not a massive country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a vehicle showed me that my protagonist didnt need a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried 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 actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it because it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be an enormous task– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I required 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 relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country occasionally, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite 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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates 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.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically 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 once, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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