Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

But when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary structures.

There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable

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. Without heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transport is quite 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 little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. 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 delicious

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now.

For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since 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 typically as I could while I was there, since it is not commonly offered outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did pick a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Considering that 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. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite clever 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 little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true given that its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

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