Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern buildings. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, because pretty much anything can take place there.

There are countless recipes 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 advise as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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 went bad. The main culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed when, which is probably real since its not an enormous nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle 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 palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

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

The accents are pure fantastic

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge 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 an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people frequently relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told 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 likewise thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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 magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny 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 place later on in the series.

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 an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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