Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions 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 loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple 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 rest 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 long 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 great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, because pretty much anything can take place there.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny 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 whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Unintentional 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 warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

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 quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely 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 most likely real considering that its not a gigantic country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a car showed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted 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.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, 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 captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages 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 as soon as, which is most likely true since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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