Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns 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 actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

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

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings.

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

Accidental fires and 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 the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to navigate pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets represented as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

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 distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did choose a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated 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 also believes tacos are a quite 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 things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots 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 country and those men got around.

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

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