Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, since basically anything can occur there.

There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property 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 went bad. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transport is quite rad

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 pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically 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 true because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it, though! 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 depicted as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a colossal job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide 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 different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas 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 individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get used in the nation occasionally, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks 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, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a bar, 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 an enormous country and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny 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 whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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

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