Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.

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

When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems 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 survive.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures.

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

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary offender behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is probably true since its not a massive country and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.

Haggis is freaking scrumptious

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

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it because it had 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, due to the fact that it is not commonly offered outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure brilliant

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a huge job– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations 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 utilized in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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 presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming 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 discover a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, 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 given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.

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