Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick 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 investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.

Glasgow is an amazing city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings.

There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

I learned 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 more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically 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 real given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes 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! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.

It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted 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 fantastic

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

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty awesome 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 enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically 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 most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those guys got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic 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 place later in the series.

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