Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

He is likewise cursed. Anyone 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. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.

When his latest 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 investigator– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous 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 great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional 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 red or used lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial 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 spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban areas without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would select up 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 stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been developed 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 tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty 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, 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 travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally provide 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 true since its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures. A tiny portion of the research 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.

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