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Tempered

  by T. S. Paul


(about 177 pages)
44,233
total words
of all the books in our library
39.46%
vividness
of all the books in our library
8.37%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.49%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.71%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.78%
non-ly-adverbs
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:

MOST PASSIVE PAGE
MOST VIVID PAGE
there is a will, a way will open. Colony ships were purchased or subverted in mid-flight by hard core followers from a place once called Europe. Humanity was reaching for the stars and the Brotherhood was going with them. Little did Earth know where they were actually going, though. Outer space was deep and dark. “Time to inform Vaslov and start the dance. Soon this will all be over, and I will return home,” Bolton muttered to the shrine in the pantry. The signal had been given. Now he had only to string them along a bit more. “She’s a damn cook,” Vaslov yanked Draven around to see his face. Looking at Vaslov’s hand on his arm, Draven snarled. “Get your fucking paws off me. This is all your fault! If you and that idiot you brought on board had told me the truth about this plan of yours from the beginning, we might have had a chance. But if she’s who I think she is, we’re fucked. There could be a half dozen of them on this ship with us. And the Navy? The fucking Confeds know where we are. They have to if she’s part of a Spec Op force. Those guys are way too valuable to just throw away. I’d always thought they were an urban legend.” “You’re insane. Nobody, and I do mean nobody knows where we are. The Confederation Navy wouldn’t follow us out here, even if they did know. Look at the coordinates, we’re old-fashioned scissors. Rim world colonies don’t have the luxury of Robo-docs and AI surgeons. They do things the old-fashioned way. You called me chef. Did you know that in culinary school they teach you how to identify the parts of animals? Have you ever tried Rocky Mountain oysters?” Not waiting for an answer, I sliced his genitals right off his body. The sinew and blood vessels parted in a spray of blood. Using a hemostat, I cut his bleeding off. But not before the spray covered me from head to toe. Wiping my face off, I grinned up at the now screaming man, my face a rictus of death incarnate. “It’s party time and I’m hungry.” Who Likes Oysters? It took carving Buckley’s arm off him to get him to finally speak the truth to me. Carving a man up like a chicken is a lot easier than one might think. All you need is the will and a sharp knife. Humans are much like cows and pigs. We have the same basic parts. The extremities are the easiest to cut off, but you have to do it properly. You can keep someone alive for days on end with the right tools. Tools I didn’t have. So just the threat of carving out his tenderloin, cooking it up, and feeding it to Buckley broke him. Well, that and the testicle I fed him. Being a chef was so much fun! Once he swallowed and stopped screaming, Buckley poured his guts

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 884.66 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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