Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help 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 cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Anybody 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. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football teams 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 initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather 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 essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can happen there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Unexpected fires and 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 heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually offer 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 since its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very 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 everybody 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 brilliant

A lot of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is probably true given that its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

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