Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football teams to cheer (and battle) 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern buildings. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, because practically anything can happen there.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion 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 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.

Accidental fires and 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 warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. 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 actually been there as soon as, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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 palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up 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 could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not commonly available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not really a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told 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 thinks tacos are a pretty cool concept. 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 financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Glasgow has a little subway 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 travelers. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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