Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying 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.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.

Glasgow is an impressive city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures.

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

Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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 went bad. The main culprit behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.

The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely 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 discover a location later in the series.

Public transport is pretty rad

Ive lived in locations 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 subway that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is probably real since its not an enormous country and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.

Haggis is freaking tasty

For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I might while I was there, because it is not extensively offered beyond Scotland.

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 pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.

The accents are pure fantastic

I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations 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 may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.


Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.

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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A tiny fraction 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 everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.

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