Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

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

Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

However when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Glasgow is an exceptional city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however 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 reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary buildings.

There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible

The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.

Accidental fires and 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 warming the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive lived in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably real because its not a gigantic country and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city locations without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively offered beyond Scotland.

Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, but invest a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty clever 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 magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming 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 discover a location later in the series.

Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally 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 once, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.

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