Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack 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 distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly 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 survive.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures.

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

The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive 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 find a place later in the series.

Unexpected 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 the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived 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 people to navigate pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is most likely true since its not an enormous country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural areas without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now.

For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that 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 often as I might while I existed, since it is not commonly readily available outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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 an entirely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas 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 individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty 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 secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use 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 most likely real since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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