Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful 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, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out 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 big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population generally 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures.

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

Unintentional fires and property 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 truly horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in places 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 small subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true given that its not a massive country and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I was there, since it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.

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 taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure fantastic

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 a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did decide on a few 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 check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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 finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming 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 find a location later on in the series.

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

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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