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Thursday, August 9, 2018

It seems like ages ago I wrote the Ishigaq Trilogy for teens. This trilogy is set in the arctic and follows the adventures of people thirty centimetres tall as they encounter nasty weather, ferocious animals and the challenges of family and community and community life. This book was reviewed by some aboriginal people and a couple of anthropologists and all gave the trilogy a thumbs up!
Then I wrote "Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada. With this book of short stories about dirty politics involving pigs, the creation of Ms. Stinky occurred. This 1200 pound glue sniffing, beer guzzling criminal somehow becomes the Mayor of Victoria, BC Canada and can't wait to get her snout into the public trough. As she succinctly comments after being charged in the Beacon Hill Heavy Petting Zoo for unspecified indiscretions, " ethics are for pussies". She is a proud member of the cities lowest common denominator and blames the Department of Transportation for impaired driving, "because nowhere in the damn Driver's Learning Manual does it tell swine how to drive drunk even though everybody does it. I sound that I liked Ms. Stinky so much that I would create a series about her and our wonderful city and those around it. I don't know what I liked most about Ms. Stinky, her hoggish lack of manners, her ability to make a comment that made a turnip look like an intelligent life form or the endless wisdom she possesses due to spending the best ten years of her life in grade four. One things led to another and I have created a series of books involving animals but mainly pigs.
These books are as follows,

1. Ms. Stinky Does Esquimalt
2. Uncle Ponzi: The Oaf of Oak Bay
3. The Quack of Quadra Village
4. The Langford Lush
5. The Jackass of James Bay
6. "Foxy" Visits Mongolia
7. The Dockside Green Dummy
8.Ms. Stinky Goes to the Slammer7. Luna Tick: The Witch of Vic West
9. Luna Tick: The Witch of Vic West
10. The Fernwood Fanatic
11. The Greater Esquimalt Drunken Seagulls
12. Ms. Stinky Visits Asia

I am working on the thirteenth book in the series, 'Ms. Stinky Gets a Job'

Meanwhile, life had been going on  and I met a wonderful young Chinese lady who was lost in Victoria. She was on an exchange trip to UBC from Nanjing University. To make a long story short, she invited me to China and I went to Nanjing and she helped me with everything where I would encounter language problems otherwise. I took some photos of Kitty (real name Wen) when I was in China. I came home and wrote a book about our friendship titled, 'Wen Shen: The Queen of Wu Kang', put her picture on the cover and went back, and went back to China and gave her some books with her picture on the cover. The book is about friendship and celebrating diversity, rather than using it to divide and as a justification for hate and other stupidity.
So I guess I have been busy. I cannot write and do the business side of writing at the same time so my blogs get dated etc. Feel free to contact me at sibbald20@gmail.com. If you wish to buy books, you can do do so at www. lunaticpublishing.com.---Andy Sibbald



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Launch of 'Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada'

'Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada' will be launched in Nanaimo, BC at the Vancouver Island Regional Library-Harbourfront Branch from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday September 16, 2012. There will be a reading and books will be available for sale and signing.

Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada - Now Available

Now Available

Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada by Andy SibbaldGrease My Hooves: Politics in Canada

Author: Andy Sibbald
Illustrator: Nipi Sibbald
ISBN 978-0-9812961-4-2
Cost: $19.95
Shipping and handling: $10.00

I am deeply concerned about Canadian governments ignoring environmental science, attacking democracy, trying to limit freedom of speech and, seemingly, working toward the elimination of our labour and human rights.
Attempts to eliminate rights that thousands of Canadians died to protect must stop.
– Andy Sibbald


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada

ISBN 978-0-9812961-4-2


A small sample from one story in Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada

This is the only story about Ms. Stinky prior to her move to Eh to do communications work for a huge mutlinational oil company wanting to put a pipeline across BC and run oil tankers down the west coast.

Homeland Insecurity

Between two of her longer prison sentences, Ms. Stinky
owned a newspaper, The Truth about Men and Other Matters.
Above the headline on every newspaper was a banner: “I don’t
spoil good stories with facts.”

Ms. Stinky often supported politicians and encouraged them to use her paper to transmit “information”
to the “great unwashed masses and other wannabes.”

After frequent requests to do so, Ms. Stinky explained her passion
for reporting:

Not everyone feels that public exposure is helpful. The average
citizen wants to keep private skeletons in the closet. I take those
skeletons out and put them on public display for the betterment of
the individual and community.

As a result of patronizing politicians, the police and military,
Ms. Stinky was able to leave her sty without fear of a security
check by government-employed zealots with IQs only slightly
greater than their ages.

Ms. Stinky reported,

Frankly, I don’t know what the hell the fuss is about. Animals
don’t need to go out, because I tell them everything they need to
know. I can also tell them what is happening in their sties, nests
and burrows if they care to know! Most of it turns my stomach.
Her paper enjoyed a massive circulation because everyone,
although they would never admit it, took perverse pleasure in
seeing a neighbour or other local put through the journalistic wringer.

✦ GREASE MY HOOVES: POLITICS IN CANADA ✦

Ms. Stinky seemed to have a knack for investigating
and exposing private and extremely embarrassing situations.
One day a senator was figuratively and literally “caught with
his pants down” in a local S&M club that Ms. Stinky frequented.

She had seen the whole incident and reported,

This business reminded me of being tied up at a party last week,
but then I was a consenting adult and our illustrious senator claims
he wasn’t. I don’t see how the situations differ, because I know he
enjoyed the whole episode. It was as if he couldn’t wait to show me
the welts on his ass and his new leash and studded leather collar.

Ms. Stinky knew that attacks on her readers would not reduce
sales significantly. Even the angriest readers who cancelled
their subscriptions after being personally attacked eventually
renewed them. Ms. Stinky felt the need to address the allegation
that she used kid gloves on affluent families. Using a full
page in the paper, she explained,

I will not use kids’ gloves or any other type of gloves when I am
reporting. How the hell can I get my hooves greased if I am wearing
gloves?

Animals didn’t like Ms. Stinky’s subjective reporting and
lack of professionalism. Rather than reporting the facts, she told
readers what she felt they needed to hear:

Animals left to their own thinking always screw up, and that’s
why my newspaper tells them how, when and what to think.

The Triple Structure

Some very wealthy armadillos built three of the world’s largest
free-standing towers, side by side, in Wombatsville. They
named them the Triple Structure, and animals had never before
seen such tall buildings.

✦ Politics 101 ✦

The Triple Structure was to serve as the city’s centre of business
and commerce but quickly became symbolic of the whole
free enterprise system. Soon The Bank of Unethical Practices and
Unmitigated Greed leased space in the buildings. The Bailout
Stock Exchange, after another government handout and generous
tax exemption, moved in. The Ponzi Schemes Investment
Corporation leased space after an assurance that their offices
would be reinforced with steel, soundproof walls and bulletproof
glass. United Burrows and Nests, the organization dealing
with international political issues, rented an entire floor in one
building. The No Cheap Generics for Africa Pharmaceutical
Company and the Foreclosure Housing Corporation, a subsidiary
of the Parasitic Bank, opened offices. The You Clean It Up
multinational oil company occupied a large office.

Save the Humans and Planned Rodenthood leased offices,
as did Interbully, the organization dealing with international
crime. Fear Mongering, a multinational security company,
moved in immediately after putting two hundred security
cameras throughout the building. Fear Mongering’s major
competitor, Justified Paranoia, shared the top floor of the
structure with the family law firm, You Fight, We Get Rich,
and Flus Are Us!

Citizens were not happy about the Bailout Stock Exchange
receiving more government handouts, so Ms. Stinky felt compelled
to comment in response to readers’ angry letters:

While the Stock Exchange has always argued that the government
should keep its nose out of the private sector, this does not apply
to bailouts, handouts and other goodies provided at taxpayers’
expense—and why the hell should it?

Along with being a symbol of free enterprise, the Triple
Structure was supposed to signify freedom and democracy in the
nation of Divided Conditions of Pomposity and Circumstance.
Ms. Stinky reported,

While bigger may be better, the buildings are nothing more than
phallic symbols directly resulting from little-man syndrome,
which unfortunately is fostered in this impotent excuse for a community.

Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada 

by Andy Sibbald

Book Contents  

Preface
Acknowledgements
Politics 101
Homeland Insecurity
Perogies in Vegreville
Labour Relations-Literally
The National Conference on Crime
Kickbacks and Mandatory Sentencing
H1N2
How the Penguin Got His Tuxedo
Beavers, Badgering and the Building Code
Tough Economic Times
Psychology
Being Ourselves
Bigotry in the Barn
Youth in Asia!
Tapestry Gate West
Accidents Happen
A Sunday Drive
Idiots Anonymous
Postscript

Monday, June 25, 2012

Grease My Hooves: Politics in Canada-Release August 2012

The stories in this book may be for you if, you,
• Were angered by the Sponsorship scandal, but only because you didn’t get a piece of the action.
• Saw the Exxon Valdez oil spill as an excellent employment creation program.
• See gay marriage as the answer to dealing with the controversy around abortion, birth control and an escalating world population.
• Enjoyed being phoned and sent to somewhere you could not vote.
• Are relieved that the middle class is finally being eliminated.
• Have asked, “How can you question my ethics, if I don’t have any?”
• Think Canadian politics have evolved beyond the need for accountability.
• Like to see military spending and building jails finally taking precedence over silly frills like old age pensions, education and health care.
• Are taking Politics 101 but ask, “What the Hell is really going on?”
• Know of someone in public office who makes a turnip look like a Mensa member.
• Miss H1-N1, Swine Flu, Avian Flu and Mad Cow Disease.
• Are 19, right-wing and believe you deserve, at minimum, a 10 year mandatory sentence and no pardon for possession of a joint.
• Believe mandatory sentencing and building jails are the answer to providing public housing for the poor, homeless, minority groups and the disenfranchised.
• Have no use for environmental science that does not fit with your ideology.
• Have offered to be other’s Higher Power.
• Have angry outbursts, panic attacks and paranoid fantasies because Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy have turned out to be frauds.
• Enjoy seeing organized crime supported through refusals to legalize marijuana.
• Want to know how to start a Ponzi scheme.
• Wonder why the fast food joint where you work will not prorogue for the summer.
• Find democracy, freedom and rights annoying.
• Are looking forward to a Canadian police state.
• Feel that you should get a full pension, like an MP after six years, not forty seven.
• Feel you are ready to become the Prime Minister of Canada and get your snout into the public trough!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Contacting Lunatic Publishing

Lunatic Publishing can be contacted by telephoning (250)753-7824 or e-mailing Andy Sibbald at sibbald@shaw.ca.