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The Dark Bones

  by Loreth Anne White

(about 474 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:

he’d once been. Or so Olivia imagined. But his hind legs lay motionless. It wouldn’t be long before they were completely paralyzed. Degenerative myelopathy, the vet had said. Her heart constricted at the thought. Ace was everything to her. The day she’d stopped her truck to peel him off the road had been the U-turn in her existence. She’d saved Ace’s life and he had saved hers. Before Ace, Olivia had been a sexual-assault-and-kidnap victim. With Ace she’d become bold. With Ace she had fought back against her victim label. With Ace she’d claimed her right to stop hiding, to be a mother. It was because of that old dog that she was here right now, sitting in this study-cum-library in the lodge on Broken Bar Ranch—a ranch that was now hers—with Cole McDonough, a man who respected and loved her and wanted to partner with her on this journey called life. And she’d been reunited with her daughter, Tori, who’d been conceived while Olivia had been held in captivity and raped repeatedly before managing to escape while pregnant. But therein lay the biggest challenge ahead of her now—motherhood. She felt she was losing Tori before she’d even grasped what it meant to be a mother and to win a child’s trust and love. She inhaled deeply. It wasn’t going to be easy, but she’d been through more than most humans could endure. She could do this, would do this. “Ace will still be able to do Whitney’s chest burns as she runs. Her throat is dry. Sagebrush, pine needles, and flint cut into her bare feet. Blood pours down the insides of her legs, leaving sticky traces on the dry grasses in her wake. She drops into a crouch. Panting, she listens carefully to the ambient sounds of the autumn woods. Grass pricks her naked buttocks. The ripped fabric of her shirt sticks to her skin. Her left breast pokes through a ragged tear, and bite marks puncture the flesh around the nipple. Her long hair—the same yellow-gold as the wild grasses in which she seeks coveris caked with sweat and dirt. A squirrel chirps angrily. She can hear the soft rumble of a distant truck on a logging road at the far end of the lake. A hot, crackling energy presses down over the forest—a thunderstorm is building. Wind stirs, and the whole forest whispers and sways. But she can’t hear them. A kestrel keens up high. She glances up sharply. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s reached the forest fringe. Beyond the safety of the fringe lies an exposed meadow. It’s full of fireweed gone to seed, tufts wafting like summer snow over the meadow as thunder grumbles and storm clouds shoulder together. Shadows creep over the forest. She knows this area. Hidden among dense trees on the opposite side of the meadow are the decaying buildings of an abandoned summer camp. It’s part of Haugen Ranch. She could hide

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 2367.76 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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