Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

But when his newest 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 preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

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

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. 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 coexisting alongside contemporary buildings.

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

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous 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 location later in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically 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 when, which is probably real since its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had been developed 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 was there, because it is not extensively available outside of Scotland.

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 everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a big job– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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 may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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 location later on in the series.

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

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Glasgow has a little train 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. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide 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 most likely real given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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