I have profaned myself with coarse sins and consumed my whole life with procrastination. (Lenten Troparia of Orthros)

Yep, that's me.  I have an almost-final exam on Wednesday and a list of 85 terms to learn before I take it.  I have about 60 defined and a couple dozen learned.  And what am I doing?  Procrastinating Blogging.

But this is important!  I think I'm onto something.  Deductive reasoning moves from general to specific, right? Starting with basic rules (children are more squirrelly on Friday than any other day) and moving logically to a conclusion (I will never teach another piano lesson on a Friday.)  Inductive, meanwhile, goes from specific to general; it begins with observation (Maia is always waiting at the door when Rob pulls up) and moves to universals (cats must have very sensitive hearing.)

I have ten students in my Creative Writing class, and I think I can categorize them all as Deductive or Inductive writers.  Deductive writers enjoy a very vague prompt ("Write a story about rain") from which they begin to construct specific characters, setting and plot.  Inductive writers prefer something very specific ("Begin a story with the following quote: 'I can't believe you stole those flowers!'") around which they can build generalities of time and place.

Personally, I am firmly in the former camp.  I always found those detailed prompts trite and constraining.  But after assigning the flower prompt, I was shocked to read half a dozen fascinating and completely different accounts of stolen foliage and its subsequent denoument.

Back to work, that is, unless someone wants to further distract me with a response . . .