Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. 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.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates 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.

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. Without warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both metropolitan and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt require an automobile. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that 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.

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 taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but 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 required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, 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 given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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 existing together with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 discover a place later on in the series.

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