Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows 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 detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles 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 believe of going to Scotland– and for great factor– 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 budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy 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 delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of finance 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-day structures. Basically its a great city in which to set an urban fantasy, because quite much anything can take place there.

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

Accidental fires and 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. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate quite 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 typically provide 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 once, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and urban locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.

It gets depicted as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted 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 brilliant

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large variety of accents throughout the nation. 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 stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals often relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big task– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor 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 way.


Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs 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 in the series.

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