Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable 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 split the trick of his curse.

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

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky 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 remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. Basically its a great city in which to set a city fantasy, since pretty much anything can take place there.

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

Accidental fires and home damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit 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 discover a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals 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 lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

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 pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since 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. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, because it is not extensively readily available beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a big task– however I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks 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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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular 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 because its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.

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

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