Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns 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 avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary 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 an entire lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub 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 earlier, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, because pretty much anything can take place there.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 in the series.

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 the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and urban locations without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I existed, because it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

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 range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite nifty 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 financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

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

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real since its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

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