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 only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures.

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

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized 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 first book will likely discover a place later in the series.

Unexpected fires and property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transportation is quite rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not an enormous country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and urban areas without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the 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. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, since it is not extensively available outside of Scotland.

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 palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since 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 used in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did choose a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) 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 also believes tacos are a pretty clever 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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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming 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 been there once, which is probably real since its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

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