Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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 talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically 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 trying to break the trick of his curse.

However 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 investigator– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great factor– however 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 market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day structures.

There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable

The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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 place later on in the series.

Unintentional 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. Without heating the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty 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 subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely true given that its not a massive nation and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural locations without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been built 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, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people often connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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 different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic 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 find a location later in the series.

He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real because its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

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