I wanted to capture the joy and use the examples of creativity in Disneyland to help people become more creative. Creativity is a core part of our humanity. People have been artists and storytellers since they came together in caves hundreds of thousands of years ago. Human beings survive as a species not by being the fastest or strongest but by being the most creative. Our creativity allows us to adapt as a species, and our personal creativity allows us to live better lives. I wrote “Disneyland Is Creativity” to help you find your creative process and empower you to become more creative.Continue reading Why I Wrote ‘Disneyland Is Creativity’: Creative Process
If you missed seeing me at any of the events and author signings during the last three weeks, don’t fret. You can still get my books from Amazon, from my website and from the Candy Cane Inn in Anaheim.
Every book I have written is available in paperback format from www.penguinate.com. That’s the website where this blog post has been published. Simply order and pay for the book, and it will be shipped to you in a timely fashion.
If you feel better about using Amazon, you can get many of my books in paperback. Amazon is also the only place to get copies in eBook format via Kindle. (If you want paperback versions of “There Are No Penguins in Alaska” or “Disneyland Is Creativity,” you’ll need to order them from Penguinate.com.)
For people who are going to or near Disneyland, the Candy Cane Inn is a great place to pick up “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” in paperback. (It’s even better if you’re staying there.) The Candy Cane Inn is located on the same side of Harbor Blvd as Disneyland, and it carries a small collection of Disneyland books written by former employees and fans, including my own book and “Cleaning the Kingdom.”
In December, we are signed up to be at Salem Holiday Market from December 13 to 15. There might even be a new book by then.
On Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm, Shad Engkilterra will be signing copies of his books in front of Second Chance Books on Main Street in Independence from 10 am to 2 pm. Shad has written nine books for all ages; come by and check out the books that are right for you.
For children of all ages, “There Are No Penguins in Alaska” offers the opportunity to color while learning about the animals that people find in Alaska. The humor at the end will keep you smiling.
For those from 8 to 11 and for fans of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, the Adventures on the Amur series is two great adventure stories that take place in Far East Russia. Explore a little history and enjoy Steve and Irina’s adventures as they search for the Lost Treasure of Nikolai Nikolaevich or learn firsthand about the Curse of the Golden Kopeck.
For those in high school or older, “The Pirate Union” finds out what would happen if bureaucracy regulated pirate activities. This comedy with a 1990’s sensibility promises magic, puns, and fun as the crew of the Jolly Rogue tries to find out what the nefarious P.U. is up to.
Want to know what it was like growing up poor in the 1980s? “My Life in the Projects” is the mostly true story of how I survived living in government housing as a child.
For nonfiction fans, “Disneyland Is Creativity” and “the Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” offer looks at Disneyland and the Haunted Mansion with an eye toward creativity principles. Take a tour of the Happiest place on Earth and let Walt’s dream bring you greater joy and inspiration through greater creativity, or go through the Haunted Mansion as your Ghost Host leads you on a tour of the beloved attraction while materializing habits to become more creative.
If you need a bathroom reader or are looking for activities to improve your creativity and life, “Penguinate! Essays and Short Stories” and “Penguinate! The Disney Company” are the books for you. These collections of short stories and essays provide suggestions for activities to do after each section. Penguinating is the power of positive creativity.
Author and SLCC Alum Shad Engkilterra returns to Salt Lake City to celebrate the release of his ninth book “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity.” Starting with a short presentation at 6:15 pm focusing on creativity and Disneyland as a metaphor to enhance memory of creative principles, Engkilterra will be signing copies of his books at City Cakes and Café on June 5, 2019.
“I spent a lot of my time in Salt Lake City writing at City Cakes and Café,” said Engkilterra. “This is where it all started.”
Engkilterra is a Disney enthusiast who worked at Walt Disney World on its College Program as part of his SLCC experience. He received his Master’s in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta’s Edward de Bono Institute in 2016.
“Many people think they aren’t creative or they can’t create,” said Engkilterra. “They’re wrong. Creativity is an integral part of the human experience. We just lack the structure to support it as we get older.”
Engkilterra will continue to Ogden UnCon from June 7 to 9, 2019 where he will have a table and is scheduled to present “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” on Sunday at 11:30 am.
“Academic research is often inaccessible to regular people. I wanted to translate scientifically supported principles of creativity into something fun and more easily understood,” said Engkilterra. “Using the history and structure of Disneyland seemed like a good way to enable greater understanding.”
In “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity,” the second installment of the “Disneyland Is Creativity” series, Engkilterra continues the work he started with “Disneyland Is Creativity.” Engkilterra explores creativity at his website http://www.penguinate.com.
City Cakes and Café is located at 300 W 1860 South near Costco. The locally owned business offers gluten-free, vegan pastries, soups, and other items.
Ogden UnCon will be held at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and other venues. Guests include Chris Kattan, Toby Stephens, and cast members from “Land of the Lost.”