Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

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. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

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

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures.

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 suggest as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Unexpected 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 heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city areas without owning a lorry showed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets represented as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced 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, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since 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

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations 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.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did pick a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real given that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

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

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