Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.

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

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy 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 lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a very long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, 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 financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a city fantasy, because practically anything can happen there.

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

Accidental 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 heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually 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 once, which is most likely real since its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, since it is not widely available outside of Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told 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 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a small subway 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 travelers. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 place later in the series.

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