Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual 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 cocktails– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– 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 need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible

Unintentional 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 went bad. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces harmful vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful 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 an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually provide 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 probably true given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it because it had 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, since it is not extensively available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, but invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist 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 told that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– however I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary structures. A small 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 utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

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

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