Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Author Pat Conroy, a Master of Storytelling

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog by J.Q. Rose. 

Every day this month I'm posting a new word for all you Word Nerds during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Join me as we journey through the alphabet!!

~ vestigial~
adjective: vestigial
    forming a very small remnant of something that was once much larger or more noticeable.
"he felt a vestigial flicker of anger from last night"

(of an organ or part of the body) degenerate, rudimentary, or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution.
"the vestigial wings of kiwis are entirely hidden"

I was familiar with the noun form of this word, vestige. defines vestige as  “a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists”.
"the last vestiges of colonialism"

Storyteller Pat Conroy introduced me to vestigial in his excellent memoir, The Water is Wide. the story based on his work as a teacher on Daufuskie IslandSouth Carolina. (named Yamacraw Island in the book.) 

Conroy's living quarters was an old house inhabited with all kinds of pests. In this scene, he is awakened when he feels something on his foot.

"The room was black as pitch, silent, with the vestigial odor of mildew left from days of noninhabitation.” 

When he turned on the lamp, he watched “the rat move like bald-tailed lightning across the room and out the door.” The whole scene made me shudder and I felt his fear when he wrote: “I had shared my pillow with the animal I feared most.” Powerful, electric writing.
If you’re interested in reading memoirs, a fan of Pat Conroy or just want to enjoy a good read, I would recommend this book.

This A to Z Challenge, while writing about words that fascinate me or played a part in my life experience, has introduced me to new words as different forms of the word. Kind of perk in the research.
I’m a life-long learner. Are you too? We’ll never know it all, and that’s probably “a good thing,” as my friend Elaine would say. Thanks for visiting today.

Check out more bloggers posting in this challenge by clicking the MASTER LIST link below.

of all participants who signed up
for the #AtoZchallenge 2018.


Juneta key said...

I have heard that word, but would never think to use because it just sounds funny and strange in a sentence said out loud. ROLF

J.Q. Rose said...

LOL Juneta. You're right. You can only use it the right places where people don't think you're trying to impress them? !!

Anonymous said...

Finding your blog for the first time because you left a comment on another blog during the #Challenge. Because Pat Conroy's writing has meant so much to me, your post for the letter V got my attention right away. I will do my best now to catch up with what you have been up to this April. If you have time or interest, I have been writing about BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location and the great people who sell books. I have read this Conroy book and drawn to the children and their families that he helped as a dedicated teacher. Thanks for all your hard work to prepare these posts. I don't think any of us got the traffic we hoped for, which makes me wonder how many wound up participating. I'll be back!

J.Q. Rose said...

Hello Stepheny, Thank you for visiting. I plan to read more of Conroy's stories this summer. You have an interesting topic for a to z. I'll try and find your site. Or if you read this, please leave a link to your site. This is my first go at a to z, so I don't know what to expect traffic-wise. I know I'll be visiting more sites even after the challenge since I didn't get to read as many blogs as I wanted. Have a great wind-up of a to z!!

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