Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. 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 coexisting alongside modern-day buildings.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound 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 very first book will likely find a location later in the series.

Accidental fires and residential or commercial 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 up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely 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 probably true given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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 everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets represented as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it since it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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 might get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite awesome 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 amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically offer 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 real given that its not an enormous country and those men got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings. A small portion of the research study 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 utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.

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