this is a SHAXPIR project
how does it work?

The Bakken Blade

  by Jeff Siebold

(about 305 pages)
total words
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library
passive voice
of all the books in our library
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library
of all the books in our library

clippings from this book

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:

like that. That’s not right.” He was working himself up, showing some outrage, leaning toward anger. “I’ll forgive you because your parents died, but… get your ass off my property!” “You know, you’ve seemed distracted lately,” said Tracy. “Which is a shame while we’re together in this great place.” “I haven’t been much fun, have I?” asked Zeke. “I wouldn’t say that. But this thing about your parents being killed…” “Is sort of a damper. I know. And I’m sorry.” “It’s all right.” “Somehow I went from needing to know, to needing closure. Once I realized what had happened, that they’d been killed, I had to do something,” he said. “That’s just who you are, Zeke. It’s why I love you,” said Tracy. “Hmm,” said Zeke. “What?” “You just sort of slipped that in there, didn’t you?” Zeke said, smiling at her. “I did. It seemed like the right time.” “Well, I love you, too,” he said quietly. “But you already know that.” “It’s nice to hear, though,” Tracy said. “What are you going to do now?” “Well, I’d be a fool not to follow you into the bedroom,” said Zeke. “You would,” said Tracy. “But I meant, what are you going to do about your parents’ deaths?” “I’ve been thinking about that,” said Zeke. “Zeke, I just received an e-mail file from a friend at the FBI. He sent a link to a live stream. Thought you’d be interested in this one,” said Sally. “Are you supposed to have horizon. It cast stark shadows across the yard of the overgrown palm fronds and the gumbo limbo trees. The air smelled of stagnant heat. Zeke walked to the door and knocked. Nothing. After a minute, Zeke stepped down off the stairs and circled the house, watching the windows carefully as he went. He saw no lights, heard no air conditioning, and smelled nothing out of the ordinary. He continued, cautious as he approached the back wall of the house, moving in and tight against the side wall. Suddenly, an orchestra of sounds lit up the area as the Giant Florida katydids, in unison, screamed their righteous song from the mangroves. Zeke paused at the corner of the house, peeked around the corner, then stepped out into the back. The entire rear of the small cottage was a screened porch that overlooked the back yard, the bay and an old wooden boat dock, a few deck boards missing in several places. Zeke looked at the house for a moment, feeling for any presence. The entire place seemed empty and abandoned. Zeke walked to the dock and scanned the horizon. The clear, bright water, translucent in places, calmly covered the coral and rock that made up the shallow bottom. There were signs of a boat. White plastic fenders, stained yellow by the sun, lined the dock. A fish table, strapped to a pylon, was rigged with a green garden hose feeding its rusty spigot. The top of the table was bone dry

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 1523.92 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.

similar books by different authors

other books by Jeff Siebold

something missing?

Our library is always growing, so check back often…

If you’re an author or a publisher,
contact us at to help grow the library.