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 talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings.

There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible

Accidental 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. The primary culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit 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 in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a lorry showed me that my protagonist didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I existed, since it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.

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

The accents are pure dazzling

The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest 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 a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique 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. One word that had to go that individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told 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 thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically 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 as soon as, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

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