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 just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

However when his latest 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 detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property 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 main culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city locations without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets depicted as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required 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, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true given that its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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

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