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Writer-Fish (Salmo Allogus)
Other Names and Range
The writer-fish is a freshwater species. It is also known as the scribble-fish, the keyboard-fish, and the ink-fish. Its primary habitat is Oregon’s Willamette Valley, although sightings have been reported as far east as Ohio.
The writer-fish exhibits a large range of adult sizes, usually ranging from 200 to 10,000 words, although the largest recorded specimen was over 60,000 words. The fish’s coloration is often white with black markings, although blue markings are not entirely uncommon. Scales are between a sixteenth and an eighth of an inch in size, usually slightly slanted to the right.
Spawning takes place near stacks of papers and computers. The immature form of the writer-fish, known as the outline, usually takes between two and four weeks to mature. Outlines dwell in the dusty depths of libraries, content to feed on both primary and secondary sources.
Adult writer-fish feed on critique and revision, usually seeking out their prey in areas of calm, clear water. The adult lifespan of a writer-fish is between two months and a year, although some specimens may survive much longer.
The writer-fish is currently not listed as endangered, although it may be threatened in some parts of its range. Recent wildland firefighting activity has disrupted its usual spawning season, although this activity may also have yielded some positive effects. Current efforts to restore habitat on desks and dining-room tables have met with some success.
The writer-fish is not generally considered a well-known or oft-sought game fish, although it enjoys some popularity in the academic and electronic fishing communities. Yields have dropped off considerably in the last two years, although this year has marked what may be the beginning of a marked increase.
Not long ago, I helped remodel my parents’ garage. When the building was first built, it was not constructed very well, and almost the entire bottom half of one of the thin plywood walls had begun to rot away along with the framework underneath it. That wall was never sealed properly, so years of Oregon rain eventually took its toll. I had a large hammer and a crowbar, and I had to tear out the rotting pieces of wall and framework so that I could replace them. As I went through this process, I found other structural problems along the way: the doorframe was not even, more of the walls were leaking than I first thought, and much more of the framework was rotting than I first noticed. What was supposed to be a simple replacement of one wall soon turned into a much larger project that required me take down all but one wall in order to fix everything.
Although it requires much fewer hammers, being a writing center tutor is much like the process of remodeling. People’s papers are rarely problematic due to little things like misplaced commas; instead, they usually have much greater structural problems. Also, quite possibly the biggest problem, the students’ papers might have a foundational problem: not following the assignment directions. As a writing center tutor, it is still my job to pull down walls and find structural problems. However, the main and most important difference is that I am not rebuilding the structure. I am helping someone else rebuild, or, as the case may be, helping someone plan to build in the first place. Once the framework and foundations are in place, building a well-crafted essay is not that difficult: it’s as easy as nailing the plywood back onto a frame.
I am not a magician that can put an essay in a hat and pull out a perfect piece of composition; I am not a critic who will tear things down and never try to repair them. As a tutor, I am a craftsman, a carpenter. In many cases, I am a rebuilder as well. And, just as with any building, it is important to have a solid foundation and a good framework. The last thing I did on my parents’ garage was make it watertight again. The last thing to do on people’s essays is the small things as well. As a tutor, I have the opportunity to help other people with the framework they are trying to build on, and through that, I help them craft something that is as beautiful as it is useful. As a writing center tutor, I am a builder.
I am a writer, and I love to tutor writing.
Writing gives me a lot of happiness and joy in my life, and I am still enjoying it.
I would like to share this fun and happiness to everyone.
I believe that every student writer can get improved in their writing, and all of them deserve a wonderful writing experience.
Therefore, when I tutor the student writer, I will give them a completely fresh and good feeling about writing.
If they dislike writing before, I will make them fall in love with writing.
If they have already loved writing, I will make them get married.
I will teach students the right and most effective way for them to do their writing.
I understand writing sometimes could be very tough for some students. He maybe still feels awful about his writing even he tries several times.
But I will never give up on him, because when I look through his eyes, I know that he is eager to learn everything about writing even after having so many terrible experiences, and he will not give up on himself as well.
I will let all the students know that writing center will always be their home sweet home if they need any kinds of help after their long journey of writing.