Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big 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 real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use 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 heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning a vehicle showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

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

The accents are pure fantastic

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. 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, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty 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 train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that runs 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 on in the series.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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