Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However 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 offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death seems 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 survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; 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 first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal 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 decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring 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 buildings. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban fantasy, because practically anything can occur there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 place later in the series.

Unintentional fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually awful, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up 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.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real considering that its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets represented as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been developed 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, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover 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 a totally various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to offer 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 value the accents that method.

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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, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating 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 been there once, which is probably real because its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs 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 on in the series.

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