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Open Season

  by Cameron Curtis

(about 291 pages)
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We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

looks grim. “Anthony will buy out your current contract. Pay you a hundred thousand dollars for three days work. You won’t be in command, but otherwise a full member of the team.” “That’s all there is to it?” “I hope so.” Stein finishes her coffee. “I have a bad feeling about this, Breed. That’s why I want you there.” “How have you kept the General from knowing you’re here?” “I’m on my way back to Washington. There’s a C-17 waiting for you at Clark Air Base. As far as Anthony is concerned, you have not been briefed. Dan Mercer has done nothing more than give you travel arrangements. When you arrive at Bagram, you will receive the briefing again, and Anthony will make the offer.” “What makes you so sure I’ll take it?” Stein’s eyes search mine. “Do you feel you made a difference in Afghanistan, Breed?” “Every discrete action in which I participated, contributed.” I shift in my chair. “But I don’t think I influenced the larger picture.” “You’re a patriot, Breed. If you bring Grissom out, you’ll end America’s longest war.” Return to Bagram Bagram Monday, 0530 Stein didn’t have to work hard to sell me the job. My gig in Mindanao is cushy, but I want to see Afghanistan again. Truth is, I wouldn’t have left if I didn’t have to. It was the best job in the world. I was an elite Delta Force operator, doing what I’d wanted to do my entire life. Why would On the strobe.” “They’re crossing the LZ right now. You’re cleared hot.” “Copy, cleared hot.” The speck grows in size as the aircraft dives on the mountain. It’s a silver cross, a fuselage with straight, blunt wings. An A-10 Warthog loaded with bombs and napalm, armed with a 30 mm rotary cannon. There’s a whistling whine as the jet closes on the mountainside. The Taliban lift their faces to the sky, point at the angel of death. The Gatling gun spews fire, and the landing zone is obscured by flying rocks, splintered trees and body parts. Broken tree branches are indistinguishable from human arms and legs whirling through the air. Close in, you might hear the wet slap of bloody flesh falling to earth. Two five-hundred-pound bombs and two drop tanks filled with jellied gasoline detach from the plane’s wings. The mountain erupts with the explosion of the bombs. The rock shelf is blasted from the face of the mountain. Great gouts of rock, earth, and shattered trees spurt from the slope. An instant later, the napalm explodes, covering the mountainside with a strip of orange flame. Greasy black smoke boils into the sky. The A-10 climbs away. From the forest, another SAM streaks skyward. The Taliban waited to give the missile’s seeker head the best view of the jet’s hot exhaust. “SAM on your six.” A burst of decoy flares pop from the A-10’s tail. The plane breaks hard left and the missile zeroes in on the brilliant orbs

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 1453.36 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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