Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football teams to cheer (and fight) 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a very long time, however 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 affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures. Basically its a great city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can occur there.

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

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely 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.

Unintentional fires and 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 spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had actually 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, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value 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 pretty nifty concept. 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 small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer 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 since its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny 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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