Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

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

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather 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 few decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern structures.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Accidental fires and home 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 sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is quite rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a club, 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 since its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it since it had actually been constructed 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 attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a big job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor 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.

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

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty awesome 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real considering that its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.

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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.

Now theres a lot of financing 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 structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

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