Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes 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 proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– however 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, but when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings.

There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

Accidental fires and home 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. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.

I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.

Public transport is quite rad

Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small subway 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, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals 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 massive nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural locations without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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

For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it since it had actually been developed 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 beyond Scotland.

The accents are pure dazzling

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.

I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.


Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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 financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful 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 place later in the series.

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

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those men got around.

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