Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

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

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 remainder of the European continent. That was an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a great deal 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 coexisting alongside modern-day buildings. Essentially its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that practically anything can occur there.

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

Unexpected 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 culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally 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 probably true since its not a massive country and those men got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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 happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.

It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it since it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. 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. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

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