Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his most current 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 required to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

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

He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres 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 filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several football teams 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can happen there.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Accidental 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 perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally 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 true because its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had 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 brilliant

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get used in the country occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely 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 believes tacos are a pretty cool 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 financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming 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 find a place later on in the series.

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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes 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 when, which is most likely real because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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

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