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 proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, 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 things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures.

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

Unexpected fires and home damage were so typical 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 up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically 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 when, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets depicted as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried 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, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big task– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

Most 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, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

***

Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty awesome concept. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.

Kevin Hearne: Website|Instagram|Twitter

Like this:
Like Loading …

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely 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 discover a place later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *