Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

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. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football teams 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 utilized 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 whole lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a very 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 reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. Essentially its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, because basically anything can occur there.

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

Unexpected 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 went bad. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– 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 pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not an enormous country and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had actually 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 taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure dazzling

Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty clever 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 little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny 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 place later in the series.

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

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