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Hard Shot

  by J. B. Turner

(about 253 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:

oaths. It was a given that if someone did harm to their “blood,” vengeance had to be exacted. He remembered hearing the news about Charlie’s death. A phone call from his mother. Her voice was a whisper, as if she were afraid someone would overhear her. It was tinged with anger. Regret. She was going to be alone again. And the money might very well dry up. She had put away twenty or thirty thousand dollars, she had once confided, in a safe-deposit box. Money Charlie had made from his “work.” O’Keefe knew the money would be used up within weeks. Maybe months if she was lucky. His mother was never good with money. He thought of his mother now. How she had to be feeling. He imagined she would be looking out of the kitchen window. That’s how he always remembered her. Watching and waiting for her blood. Like a sentinel. He wanted to call her. He could only imagine the despair she was feeling. The depths of darkness to which she must have plummeted. But she wouldn’t understand their motivations. It was about honor. Blood and honor. Besides, he knew the Feds would either be ransacking her home or have the line bugged by now. She would have seen the news. And she would be praying to God, asking how her boys could have been the snipers. It wouldn’t make sense to her. She knew they were no angels. They’d all been to prison. But she never did grizzled, unkempt appearance, his dirty clothes. He unzipped the backpack and took out the toiletries bag, complete with a razor and shaving gel. He rubbed the gel into his beard until it was a thick lather. Then with great care, he began to shave the six-month growth from his face. When he was finished, he splashed cold water on his cheeks, wiping away the excess foam with paper towels. He took off his dirty shirt and threw it on the floor. He opened the backpack wider and pulled out the fresh set of clothes. New white shirt, jeans, black Nike sneakers, and a navy blazer. Then he put on a black Yankees hat. He stared at his reflection and grinned. He looked like a new person. The AB symbols and tattoos were hidden. He knew the Brotherhood had some smart people in their ranks, including ex-military who knew about getting around and trying to evade capture. O’Keefe put on a pair of aviator shades. He stared at himself. He almost burst out laughing at how different he looked. He ditched the bag in a stall. Then he walked out of the restroom and took an elevator to the ground level. The crowds were swarming all around him like shoals of fish. He headed out of the station and into the humid night air. A couple blocks later, he found a DunkinDonuts. He was in desperate need of sustenance. He ordered two donuts and a sweet white coffee. It tasted

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 1264.50 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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