Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial 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 decades ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary structures.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The primary culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths 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 been there once, which is probably real because its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not commonly available outside of Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes 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 a totally different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty awesome 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit 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.

He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally 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 as soon as, which is probably true since its not a massive country and those men got around.

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