Monday, December 22

I Love and Understand You and Would Be Perfect to You Now

The "novel-in-stories" is done. I LOVE AND UNDERSTAND YOU AND WOULD BE PERFECT TO YOU NOW is done. Done as of 4pm today and sent off.

Some statistics (format "inspired" by a recent post by Tao Lin):
Total pages: 148 (12-pt Garamond, double-spaced, landscape, two columns)
Total stories: 29
Words: 36,671
Sentences/Paragraph: 3.1
Words/Sentence: 12.4
Characters/Word: 4.1
Passive Sentences: 2%
Flesch Reading Ease Level: 80.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.0
Longest Story (in pages): 15 ("Masturbation at Work")
Shortest Story (in pages): 1 (multiple)
Longest Story (in words): 4,627 ("Masturbation At Work")
Shortest Story (in words): 114 ("Ride Horse Look at Flowers")
Longest Story Title: 21 words ("Edith Piaf is Playing in a Dorm Room in a Upstate South Carolina, Whispering Secrets in a Language I Can't Understand")
Shortest Story Title: 1 word ("Arrival")
Representative Sentence #1: click here
Representative Sentences #2 and #3: "I was so sure it was something new, or else something I hadn’t felt in a while, but it was hard to tell with somethings, particularly the kinds of somethings I was so sure about. I was frequently wrong."
Flesch-Kincaid Readability Tests explained here.

Some statistics for other pieces of writing:

OTHELLO (Act I) by William Shakespeare
Passive Sentences: 3%
Flesch Reading Ease Level: 80.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.2
THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE [part 1] by Thomas Hardy
Passive Sentences: 10%
Flesch Reading Ease Level: 65.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.4
GREAT EXPECTATIONS [part 1] by Charles Dickens
Passive Sentences: 7%
Flesch Reading Ease Level: 74.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.7
"Espirit de l'Elevator" by Gary Lutz
Passive Sentences: 8%
Flesch Reading Ease Level: 74.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.3
Passive sentences: 1%
Flesch reading ease: 86.2
Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 3.5


Mike Young said...

where did you send it?

Shannon said...

Congratulations! That's awesome to finish up a huge project like that. I hope your holidays are going well.


James said...

Dear Mike, I sent it to a highly powerful and influential reader slash writer slash editor (James Patterson).

Dear Shannon, thank you.

James said...

(I should probably tell him.)

Mike Young said...

You sly Far Eastern European trickster you. I figured it out. Congrats on turning in your thesis.