About Us...

Cranky Goat Cottage is located on the southern part of Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada.

It is the beloved homestead and private sanctuary for us (Jennifer and Steve Hulme) and our animal companions. Perhaps the most important thing Cranky Goat Cottage creates for us is the ability to enjoy the silence in ourselves! This is not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism, nor is it a deliberate withdrawal from society's madness. Rather, it is the sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, and living a simple and more sustainable lifestyle.

As a consumerist oriented society, we continually push ourselves further away from nature's joyful silence and the comforts of a simple, frugal lifestyle! A personal sanctuary like Cranky Goat Cottage is increasingly hard to find in our frantic and social oriented society. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing and this, above all else, is what Cranky Goat Cottage has to offer Jennifer and I - a place to simply be!

Life is truly meant to be savoured and enjoyed ... not hurried along.

But WHO are we? Good question and a tough one to answer … we tend to be private people and generally like it that way, but in today’s ‘social networking’ atmosphere privacy is increasingly rare. We thought about creating one of those nifty bio blurbs you see at the back of many book covers, but that just isn’t our style. So here are some basics: Jennifer and I have been happily together for nearly thirty years! We are both university educated - and lingered long into the academic life more for the simple love of learning rather than the pompousness of academia; we are both currently employed full-time as health care professionals … who would much rather be out sailing, cross country running, mountain biking, gardening, or simply hiking with our dog and exploring the world!

Our combined academic background includes Neuroscience, Nursing, Psychology, Genetics, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Health Law. Steve has chaired several inventor’s groups, dabbled in numerous patent developments and thoroughly enjoys exploring innovative ideas, breakthrough science and new technologies. Jennifer is definitely the ‘health nut‘ in the family and intensely enjoys cooking gourmet foods and savouring a fine wine, particularly after a long country run or hard day at work!

Our private company, Cranky Goat Publishing Ltd., is a small, innovative self-publishing venture company that challenges the way we see the world and the environment around us. Founded via an obscure but truly awesome epiphany whilst hiking amidst the natural wonders of Quadra Island, British Columbia by husband and wife team – Jennifer and Steve Hulme — Cranky Goat Publishing is a federally registered extra-provincial corporation which attempts to produce books, both in fiction and non-fiction format, that advocates the scientific principles which promote informed environmental decision-making and explores the application of ecological concepts to global environmental issues, policy, and political management.

Our founding principle and driving force behind Cranky Goat Publishing Ltd. is to provide education and insight into world environmental concerns, explore beneficial technologies and disseminate the latest research in environmental and ecological science surreptitiously through our fiction and non-fiction publications — hopefully allowing for a broader and potentially more appealing medium of consumer engagement. The ‘in your face” media awareness of global warming and incessant human greed has had little impact on our apathetic, consumer oriented society … so we are hoping a gentler, more discretionary tactic may prove to be enlightening and assist with raising greater awareness in an attempt to elucidate the trauma we have caused (and are continuing to cause) to Mother Earth and all the natural wonders she encompasses.  The great Martin Luther King Jr. stated it best - Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Although we are a federally registered company and spend an extensive amount of time researching the information behind any of our various publications, we realistically do not plan to generate substantial income from this particular business venture.  Don't get us wrong, we would love to earn lots of money from this venture - we just tend to be really shitty at managing our personal finances and care more about going on the next hike than we do about what's in the savings account! In fact, the majority of any earned revenue is fed directly back into Cranky Goat Publishing for scientific research and product development as well as the ongoing support of such causes as the promotion for more community based science cafés – a pet project of ours. A Science Café is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to learn about and explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always on an informal basis outside the traditional academic context and the intent is to make science and technology more universally accessible and better understood. If interested, you can learn more on the tab regarding Laughing Dog Café.

Without doubt, Jennifer and I are definitely both “environmentalists” in the sense that environmentalism is a broad philosophy and social movement regarding concerns for ecological conservation and improvement to the overall state of our fragile planet.


VERY IMPORTANT: Release Dates for our books are unknown, even by us! Life Keeps on Interrupting Us, and that is usually in a good way ... but expect our first major novel release sometime in 2014.  Cranky Goat Publishing Ltd. is more of a fun project than a serious business, so we have no deadline pressures and very much wish to keep it that way ... but it still would be nice if Steve stopped hiking in the mountains long enough to write a few books along the way!

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors; and the most patient of teachers.  ~ Charles Eliot

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Corporate Policy / Environmental Practices

Cranky Goat Publishing Ltd. embraces the principal of sustainable development, in which development meets the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations. Cranky Goat Publishing Ltd. and, indeed, the entire homestead of Cranky Goat Cottage is committed to conducting its operations in a manner that minimizes environmental risk and adverse effects on the local ecology. We also ensure a pet friendly environment and strongly advocate adopting a lifelong companion from your local SPCA... we are blessed to be the dominant species on this fragile planet of ours, the very least we can do is offer a lifetime of caring and companionship to a few animals in need.


“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
~ Immanual Kant (Philosopher 1724–1804)




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