Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack 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 great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center 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 ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

Unintentional fires and home 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 beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that operates 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 in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is probably true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I was there, because it is not extensively available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. 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 locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really 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 an enormous task– but I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite cool 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 subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally offer 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 dudes got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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