Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret 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 distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence 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 appears 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 endure.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres 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, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings.

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

Unexpected fires and 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 adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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

It gets represented as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals frequently relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did choose a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say 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 value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty 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 small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real because its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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

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