Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.

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

But he is also cursed. Anybody 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 peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures.

There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny 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 discover a location later on 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 warming the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in 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 impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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

It gets depicted as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic task– but I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

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

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite 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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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally 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 probably real given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny 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 in the series.

He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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