Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak accidents. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

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 required to play investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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 reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however 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 sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can take place there.

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

Unintentional fires and home 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, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 place later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is most likely true because its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried 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 require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it since 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.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple 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, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes 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 enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably true since its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny 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 place later in the series.

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