Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators 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 naughty 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 special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

He is likewise cursed. Anybody 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 accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary structures.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous country and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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

It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it since it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

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

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. 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, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool 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 small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people 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 towns that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably true considering that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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