Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

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

However he is likewise 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 passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can happen there.

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

I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Unexpected fires and home damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without warming the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb 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.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically use 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 most likely true given that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.

Haggis is freaking tasty

It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that 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.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, but invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 find a place later in the series.

He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer 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 since its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

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