Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. 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 side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable

The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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 location later in the series.

Unintentional fires and home 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 went bad. The main perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer 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 most likely real since its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city areas without owning a car showed me that my protagonist didnt need a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure brilliant

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big job– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit 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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