Back at work on LIQUID FIRE and it’s progressing well. From a recent scene:
“Does … does every tattoo use a brand new needle? For health or something?”
“Every time,” I said. “For health reasons, of course, but for the art too, and most of all for the magic. You don’t want some scratcher muddling your hide with a worn-out needle filled with stray mana traces it picked up from half a dozen other pigments.”
“You don’t like scratchers, do you?” She leaned closer to the horn, still not touching it.
“I love my work,” I said, standing, oddly irritated. I sat down on the edge of the butcher’s block, the cabinet to my back. “No, that’s not it. I care about the people getting tattoos. They’re permanent marks. Every time you pick up the needle, you have to give it your A game.”