Q is for Quartermaster

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Queenie and Quintus are quartermasters. Queenie quarrels with the job title. She questions how it could be updated. Teachers have found a way around the old titles of Headmaster and Headmistress. They are simply heads. Quartermistress has never been considered and quarter has a different meaning. A quarter is a fourth part. Quarters are somewhere to stay. Querulously Queenie puts up with her title and gets on with the work of keeping an army supplied with everything it needs – food, equipment and everything else pass through the quartermasters’ stores. Quintus quakes each time they have to move to a new location.

Further reading: Quartermaster

The comic song The Quartermaster’s stores

In the time of King Solomon district officers managed the King’s supplies. 1 Kings 4:20-28



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The first question recorded in the Bible was asked by the serpent in Chapter 3 of Genesis. Other questions follow.

In Psalm 8 God is asked the question, “What is man that you are mindful of him?”

It is hardly surprising that there are questions in the Bible. We ask questions in order to learn.

Jesus asked and answered questions.  In my A to Z Challenge of 2015 I wrote about the names of God. I couldn’t find a name beginning with Q. Instead I suggested that Jesus (believed by Christians to be the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit, three persons and one God) was the Question-setter.

An example of Jesus’ use of questions may be found in Chapter 15 of Matthew’s Gospel. There are plenty of other examples elsewhere in the Gospels. Jesus asked Bartimaeus a question.  My M post is also about questions.

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

 I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My Q post for 2013