Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

But he is likewise cursed. 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. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

However 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 required to play detective– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football groups 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 delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a city fantasy, because basically anything can occur there.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover 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 warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to navigate quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it since it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I existed, since it is not widely offered beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long 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 an entirely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations 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 told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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 happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

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

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer 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 most likely real considering that its not a massive country and those men got around.

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