Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings.

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

Unexpected 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 spoiled. The primary offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces harmful vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit 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.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true because its not an enormous nation and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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 pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now.

It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it since it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

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 noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be an enormous task– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, 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 pretty awesome 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 small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually 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 as soon as, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates 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 on in the series.

He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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