Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his most current 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 investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning 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.

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 accidents. As his personal 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 an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even 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 need; several football groups 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was an entire lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, because practically anything can happen there.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable

Accidental 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.

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming 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 discover a location later in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is probably real given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural areas without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. 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 neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it since 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. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional 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 really a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool 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 subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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