Percolate isn’t a word that a lot of people use anymore. I like to use percolate in reference to how I write papers/think about schoolwork.
Let me explain. So, many coffee machines are percolators. The water passes through coffee and a coffee filter, drop by drop, and fills the coffee pot. With a coffee-enriched liquid. That is, hopefully, delicious.
I need to percolate to think. I need to run some nebulous brain energy through a giant filter full of all of my ideas and thoughts. And at the end, a delicious writing product appears. Usually in a frantic burst right before it’s due.
You can’t rush a percolator. A watched coffee machine never percolates!
I have a paper due on March 21. I am traveling from March 12-20. It is March 5th. This means I have exactly 1 week to write 25 pages. I am here, at the school, in the perfect environment to write.
But I only have about three drops in my coffee pot.
This does not bode well for me, needless to say.
Wise people might say that my concept of percolation is really just a much more eloquent way of saying that I procrastinate. I beg to differ. I am here. I have hours of time endlessly in front of me. I just do not have the ideas to put to the paper yet.
Of course, I may just be biased.