Gypsy Shadow Publishing . . . Quality e-Books for today; Print books forever . . .

Back to Gypsy Shadow Publishing's Homepage

Andrew J. Olinde, Jr.

Andrew J. L=Olinde, Jr., Author of The Tree Line

I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University. During college I majored in History with a concentration in the American Civil War. After graduation, I attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe Business School. I graduated with a Masters of Business Administration and currently work as a store manager for Olinde's Mattress Superstore. The Art of Aggravation is my first humorous fiction. I have had four publications, and I hope to have many more in the future!




New Title(s) from Andrew J. Olinde, Jr.

The Tree Line by Andrew J. Olinde, Jr. The Art of Aggravation by Andrew J. Olinde, Jr.


Click on the thumbnail(s) above to learn more about the book(s) listed.


   The Tree Line is a about a melancholy Confederate captain who is struggling with the perilous combination of war and alcohol addiction. The cruelty of the American Civil War not only affects the captain, but it also affects the emotional state of his deteriorating wife who resides in Union-occupied New Orleans. In desperation, the wife asks her husband to make a promise. 

Word Count: 5800

Pages to Print:
File Format: PDF                  Price:


The Art of Aggravation by Andrew J. Olinde, Jr.

Aggravation takes place primarily in three environments: the home, the school and the car. A maneuver is a plan of action for performing the art of aggravation against your intended target, and maneuvers exist for each environment. A setback is a negative reaction that results from aggravating another person, and setbacks usually come in various shapes and sizes of physical and emotional pain. The objective of becoming a master in the art is to defeat certain people like bullies, while simultaneously enjoying the art’s positive results like popularity. Practicing the art may walk the fine line of being mean. Therefore, THE ART OF AGGRAVATION stresses good moral values like honesty, and it promotes making good grades in school. Becoming a master in the art of aggravation is not easy, so the reader must be disciplined and patient. But, most of all, the reader should have fun.

Word Count: 28726
Pages to Print: 88
File Format:
Price: $4.99




The Tree Line

    The invisible hand of anxiety was squeezing the very life out of Captain Leon. He turned away from his ragged men and strolled behind the long row of white tents. Once he had walked deep within the safety of the large cluster of honey locust trees and was certain he was out of sight of Second Company, the captain, with trembling hands, loosened his stiff red collar and tried to get some oxygen into his deflated lungs. He paced between an auburn shrub to the height of the navy sash tied around his waist and the decorative web of a garden spider spun between two small trees. As he paced, the captain’s legs weakened. Finding a nearby tree stump, Leon sat down and ran his thin fingers through his long locks of blonde hair. He tried to stroke away the suffocating feeling that was making beads of sweat stream down his broad forehead and drip into his deep blue eyes.

    He wished he had someone with whom he could share his troubles. His inability to show or share these unnerving experiences with his fellow men of the 6th Louisiana made Captain Leon’s current state unbearable.
    As he sat upon the tree stump drawing in shallow breaths of warm air, Leon began to think about his wife, Elizabeth. He longed to return home to be in her soft comforting arms. As he thought of her, Leon realized his only escape from his current surroundings were his thoughts, and he allowed his thoughts to carry him away from this hot summer’s day. Away to the delicious Sunday mornings he and Elizabeth spent together on Saint Charles Avenue.
    The sunlight crept through the white drapes and ran up Leon’s smooth face until it hit his eyes. He softly kissed his wife’s cheek, and rose from his white feather bed to begin his morning routine of eating breakfast and reading his favorite newspaper, The Picayune. Elizabeth always slept until the sunlight interrupted her rest, and then joined Leon on the front veranda encircling their large Victorian home. After breakfast, they dressed in their best attire and boarded their white carriage. Weekly, Elizabeth and Leon attended mass at Saint Louis Cathedral and took long walks through the family’s sugar plantation on the banks of the Mississippi River. They picnicked under the large oak tree where Leon proposed to Elizabeth, drinking French wine and listening to the church bells ring.
    Leon ran his tongue over the faint taste of red wine on his cracked lips. His thoughts created the sounds of church bells ringing in his sun burnt ears until the sound of crumbling leaves interrupted them. Turning, he expected to see Lieutenant Spiller’s red flannel shirt and pale complexion. Relief flooded the captain, the perpetrator’s footsteps were only the stick-like legs of a black crow searching for his morning meal.
    Leon hopelessly muttered to himself, “If only I were that crow I would leave this damned place and fly home.” As if on cue, the crow gave Leon a penetrating and knowing look, and flew away.
As he watched the crow fly through an opening of a locust tree the captain realized he knew all too well what the consequences were for “flying away” from the Army of Northern Virginia. Last week, two soldiers of Captain Leon’s Second Company were caught in the act of desertion and Colonel Robb decided to make an example of them. The two men had managed a small restaurant in the French Quarter Elizabeth and Leon frequented before the war. The younger man, Jack Boland, was married to the older man’s daughter, Lucille. Lucille loved both her husband and father very much, and she would write them ten letters a week. However, her latest letters depressed the husband and the father. She had written that Yankee officers had been making sexual advances toward her in the restaurant, and she feared their future advances might become forceful. In response to the letters, the two men resolved to desert the army and protect their wife and daughter.
    Leon was shaken when he had heard the news that skirmishers had captured the two men. The colonel ordered the entire 6th Louisiana to be present at the hanging. Unfortunately for Leon, Second Company was in the front row just a few feet away from the scaffold. The two condemned men were brought out. Jack Boland, unlike the father, had no intention on dying with dignity. The young husband kicked, jerked, twisted, pulled, pushed, screamed and cried all the way from the confinement room to the gallows. The two guards forced the young husband up the short flight of wooden steps and steadied him on the platform. Once the noose was drawn tight around both of their necks, Jack realized any further resistance would be futile.
    “Last words?” The executioner first asked the older man. The father refused to speak and the black sack was placed over his gray head.
    Though tears flowed from his eyes and disappeared in his thick red beard, Jack was calm. “Last words?” The executioner repeated without looking into the young husband’s reddened eyes.
    Jack nodded, cleared his throat, and stepped forward on the gallows, making the noose tighten around his neck. He took one step back and addressed the 6th. “I did not flee from this army. My wife is in desperate need of me.” The young husband dropped his head for a moment and then lifted it again. “Will someone please pay a visit to my wife if you ever return to New Orleans? Her name is Lucille Boland and our home is at Royal and Dumaine in the Quarter.” He nodded to the executioner, refused the black sack and began praying in unison with the priest who looked up at the gallows from the muddy field.
    “. . . Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.” The executioner pulled the lever and the door on the gallows’ floor opened. The fall from the scaffold broke the father’s neck immediately, but the young husband’s neck did not break. Captain Leon watched as Jack’s face became bright red as he continued to kick his feet for a while and then finally stopped.                                                           Back to The Tree Line

The Art of Aggravation


The truth is some people are just annoying: the disgusting boy who is always burping, the chatty girl who spits when she talks, the old man who thinks he is getting away with passing gas by clearing his throat at the same time, or the woman who sticks her foot in her mouth by saying you dance like an ape. These people don’t know their actions are annoying and cannot understand why people don’t want to be around them. This book isn’t about making irritating people become aware of their “annoyingness.” I have tried and it does not work.

The purpose of this book is to display aggravation as an art form. Yes, aggravating another person is an art, just like painting. The painter paints because he or she wants to show their talent. I, a master in the art of aggravation, want to show my talents, too.

In this book I refer to aggravating another person as the art of aggravation, or simply “the art.” The art is a powerful tool. But you must understand that with power comes responsibility. You are responsible for how other people feel. Be kind, and always apologize if you have hurt someone’s feelings.

Through mastering the art of aggravation, I have come to understand its results. The power of the art creates positive opportunities and expels negative people from your life. In my case, the power of the art has earned me the title of class clown and made bullies fear the humiliating maneuvers I may use against them in the schoolyard. The art of aggravation has also given me the ability to gently distance myself from certain people such as goofballs, weirdoes and loudmouths.

Unfortunately, setbacks come with the art of aggravation, and you must be devoted to the art, in order to overcome these. I define a setback as a negative action that results from aggravating another person. Setbacks come in many different forms and bring varying degrees of physical and emotional pain. Examples include getting beaten up by an older brother; feeling left out of the popular group in school; having your hair pulled out by an older classmate; and being pinned down to the floor by your older sister who forces you to say, “Girls are better than boys!”

Setbacks are not fun, but they occur when you try to master anything in life. Think about it this way: do great football players quit after getting hurt the first time? Do professional ballerinas quit after they have fallen? I don’t think so. Well, then why should you? No guts, no glory, right?

                                                                 The Layout

I have organized this book around the environments in which aggravation takes place, and I have broken these down into three types of environments that readers will be familiar with: The Home, The School and The Car.

The nature of the aggravation relies heavily on the environment. Just as a skilled hunter understands the surrounding forest in which he hunts, you too must understand the environment you are in and use it to your advantage.

Within each environment there will be many successful maneuvers. What is a maneuver? A maneuver is a plan of action for performing the art of aggravation against your intended target. In this book, I give examples of maneuvers I have tried in the past—some were successes, other were failures. You will learn the most from my failures. As you read them, take note of why I failed and avoid making the same mistakes. Stay focused, read carefully, and get ready to master the art of aggravation.
Back to The Art of Aggravation