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 written word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.

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 forced to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

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 amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially cut in half 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 terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that pretty much anything can happen there.

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

Unintentional fires and home 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 spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in 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 utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a massive country and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you just eat on an attempt, 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. Had it as often as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not widely offered outside of Scotland.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state 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.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas 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 utilized in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.

He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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