Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

But when his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

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

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several 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 used 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 commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that practically anything can happen there.

There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

Accidental fires and home 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 spoiled. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces hazardous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming 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 on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true since its not a gigantic nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan locations without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.

It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I tried it since 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.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a big job– but I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a broad range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite clever 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 finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs 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.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite 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 usually use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those men got around.

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

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