Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems 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 make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak accidents. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting 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 going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary buildings.

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 specifically surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 find a place later on in the series.

Accidental fires and home 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 primary perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise 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 tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide 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 most likely real considering that its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had been constructed up 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, since it is not commonly readily available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty clever 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly 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 community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely 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.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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