Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous 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 dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite 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 years earlier, the city population essentially halved 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 wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures.

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

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research 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 a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Unexpected fires and home 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 spoiled. The main culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not widely available beyond Scotland.

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 taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite clever 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

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

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically offer 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 given that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

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