Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to always 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 lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great 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, but when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures.

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

Unintentional fires and 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 the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally 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 most likely real given that its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

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 pleased 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.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– however I did choose a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes 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.

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

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use 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 probably true given that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

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