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 composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.

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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering 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.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far 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 need; numerous 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, since practically anything can happen there.

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

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly 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 irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Accidental 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 warming the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural areas without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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 pleased for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it because it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, because it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array 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 noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required 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 associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone 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 big job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, 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 quite awesome 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 stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a little 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. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.

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

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