Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple 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 cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however 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 affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, because pretty much anything can happen there.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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 heating the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything 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 transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however 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 tourists. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced 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 often as I might while I was there, because it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a big job– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple 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 thinks tacos are a pretty 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 subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true since its not a massive country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny 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 place later on in the series.

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

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