Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population generally halved 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 terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. Basically its a great city in which to set a metropolitan dream, because practically anything can occur there.

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

Accidental fires and home 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 spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more 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 probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it because it had been constructed 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

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

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

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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around 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 charming wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, 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 guys got around.

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