Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football teams 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a metropolitan dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can take place there.

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

Accidental fires and residential or commercial property 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 spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way 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 great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is probably real because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.

It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it since it had actually been constructed 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

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer 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 way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably true given that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny 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 find a place later on in the series.

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