I’ll be at Second Chance Books signing copies of my books. Come see me!
Independence, Oregon has a uniquely comfortable and cozy downtown area that is on the rise. The quaint buildings create a sense of going back in time while the shops and restaurants offer a surprising variety of gourmet cuisine and collectibles.
On Saturdays, Independence’s downtown picks up the pace a little bit and offers tourists and locals alike the best of Saturday Markets. With one in the parking lot of Umpqua Bank and another at the park, you’re sure to find the freshest and tastiest of fruits and vegetables. (When we were there last, the strawberries were fantastic, and the starter tomato plants were ready to take home.) There are also hand-crafted items like soap and hand creams.
On June 22, you’ll have one more reason to go downtown. I’ll be doing an author signing in front of Second Chance Books. Come by my table between 10 am and 2 pm and find something good to read. You might even be able to ask my wife about her penguins! Independence, Oregon’s, downtown is an amazing slice of Americana, but you don’t have to take my word for it… We look forward to seeing you downtown.
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.
Preorder to ensure you get the book or penguin you want! (Preorders need to be made by May 30. Supplies are limited to stock on hand.) Join our Patreon for discounts at our event!
The days are flying by. Tomorrow, I’ll be at City Cakes and Cafe (1860 S 300 W) with my books to do a signing. Come by a little beforehand, purchase a coffee and pastry and enjoy the City Cakes goodness. At 6:15 pm, there’ll be a short talk about “Disneyland Is Creativity,” and then I’ll sign books for those who want them!
If you’re going to Lilac City Comicon 2019, Ogden UnCon, or Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, you can get extra savings on your purchases made at the Penguinate table. Because we love our supporters at Patreon, anyone who joins our page by May 31, 2019, will get $1 off for every $10 they spend at our booth. This offer is in addition to VIP and Vendor discounts available at our table!
Buy a book for $10, get a $1 off; if you’re a VIP or Vendor and a Penguinator, you get $2 off! Buy two books for $20 or adopt a penguin for $25 get $2 off; VIPs or Vendors who are also Penguinators, get $3 off! Adopt Big Billy for $50, get $5 off or with the VIP/Vendor and the Penguinator discount get $6.
Remember, for the best discount you need to be both a Penguinator and a VIP or Vendor. We look forward to seeing you at our events. If you can’t make it to the conventions, you can still get Penguinator discounts on books at the City Cakes and Café event in Salt Lake City and at the Second Chance Books event in Independence, Oregon.
On June 5th, I will be at City Cakes and Café in Salt Lake City to talk about my book “Disneyland Is Creativity” and sign copies of all my books. “Disneyland Is Creativity” is my first book in the “Is Creativity series.” The second book, “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity,” will be released on June 1 and presented at Ogden UnCon on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Books will be available for purchase. However, because of limited supplies, you should preorder the books you want to avoid not getting your first choice. Join our Patreon and get a discount on your books and penguins!
When I lived in Salt Lake City, I spent a lot of time at City Cakes and Café because the staff was great, the food was vegan, and it was close to Salt Lake Community College where I was taking classes. Most of the time, I’d get a coffee and a lemon blueberry scone. For lunch, I’d go back and forth between the veggie sausage burrito and the waffles. Sure, their known for their cakes, but I just enjoyed the atmosphere and the ability to write articles for examiner.com, the Globe, environews.tv and my own website. City Cakes and Café may have changed locations in Salt Lake City and expanded out to Draper, but it’s still one of my favorite places in SLC.
The Salt Lake location at 1860 S 300 W ste D is small; it can seat 15 people. So, I plan on keeping the presentation portion of my author signing event short. Starting at 6:15 pm, I will talk a little about the impetus for the book and then present three of the suggestions found in the book. At about 6:35, I will take questions, and then I will sign books starting around 6:50 or 7 pm depending on questions and how much talking I actually do. City Cakes and Café closes at 8 pm, so we want to make sure that we give them enough time to close and clean.
Come by and enjoy a coffee or tea and maybe a cookie or cupcake. You can meet my wife, who makes the amazing penguins, and we can chill. I look forward to seeing you there!
In case you missed it, “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” is available for preorder at Amazon.com. The second book in the “Disneyland Is Creativity” takes a look at the Haunted Mansion’s history and structure and relates them to creativity principles to help you become more creative.
While the Haunted Mansion opened on August 9, 1969, it’s history dates back more than a decade before when Harper Goff drew the first haunted house concept in 1951 as part of a church and graveyard. The façade was finished in 1963, but it took 6 more years for the technology to develop and the concept to work. This delay allowed the Disney team to learn more as well as explore hundreds of ideas before choosing the right one. Creativity requires lots of ideas, time to be creative, and patience to choose the right idea to develop.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t failures. The Haunted Mansion was supposed to open in 1963 instead, Marty Sklar wrote a sign that said the team was busy gathering ghosts. A short-lived effect called “the Hatbox Ghost” didn’t work when the Haunted Mansion opened, and it was removed until the effect could be done correctly. (It was reinstalled in 2015.) Creativity comes with failures and mistakes.
Just in time to celebrate Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary, the eBook is scheduled to be released June 1 and 2 to coincide with Lilac City Comicon 2019 in Spokane where I will be presenting “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity.”
The book tour will continue at City Cakes and Café in Salt Lake City. On June 7 to 9, we’ll be at Ogden UnCon where I will present “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” on Sunday. Currently, our last scheduled stop will be at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con from June 14 to 16.
City Cakes and Café has generously given me space to hold an author signing on June 5, 2019 for my books, including “Disneyland Is Creativity” and “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity.” I’ll give a short overview of creativity based on Disneyland’s structure and history and answer any questions. Then I will be happy to sign books; there might even be some stuffed penguins available. If you would like to vote on what time you can show up, there is a Facebook poll open until Jan 24, 2019.
Of course, City Cakes will be open for you to purchase refreshments. They specialize in vegan and gluten-free food. My favorite items were the lemon blueberry scones, waffles and the vegan sausage and cheezy potato wrap, but I’m pretty sure I ate everything on the menu. City Cakes is locally owned and operated, and they’ve expanded since I’ve been there last with a second café in Draper and a warehouse that allows them to deliver their baked goods to other coffee shops and stores.
When I lived in Salt Lake City, City Cakes and Café was like my second home. I spent many hours, days and weeks sitting at one of their tables enjoying breakfast, lunch or a snack while writing my next great article. The location in Salt Lake City (1860 S 300 W suite D) is smaller, so we’re going to pray for good weather.