Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical 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 extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population generally 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings.

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

Unexpected 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 heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Public transportation 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 quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true since its not an enormous country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a car revealed me that my protagonist didnt need an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however 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 happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. 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 informed that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate 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 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used 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 utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally use 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 most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

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

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