Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. 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.

However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin 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 commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.

When his latest 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 preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary structures.

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

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used 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 utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

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 warming the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true because its not an enormous nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning a vehicle showed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, since it is not widely available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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 required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs 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 in the series.

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real since its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.

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