Our Patreon Anniversary is August 12! In celebration, we are giving penguin Christmas ornaments to anyone who signs up at the $10 level or higher! But you need to sign up before August 18, 2019.
The ornaments are handmade by Jenya from two layers of felt
in the style of our black and white penguins. The larger ones are about 4
inches tall and the smaller are about 2.75 inches. A ribbon at the top makes
them perfect for hanging from your Christmas tree.
You could also adapt these penguins to hang from almost any
place, like your car’s rear view mirror or a door knob. (It might take a little
Thank you to all our current Penguinators. Join the fun, and
we could be thanking you, too!
The penguins are out of the box (even if the cat is still in it). A creativity storm is coming, but it can only happen with your help! For every 5 people that sign up at any level for our Patreon, I will write an additional creativity article. If you want to know more about creativity, this will get you there quickly!
Our current schedule looks like this:
August 1: The blog email list – this is open to anyone who has signed up for our email list at Penguinate.com and should include a summary of all the articles that we released on my blog.
August 2: I will post a copy of the blog email and add some tasty tidbits to it like a creativity tip.
August 14: Creativity Post 1 – What do 1980’s ‘Popeye,’ criticism and creativity have in common? This will be released on Penguinate.com with a reminder on Patreon sent the next day.
August 18: Our Patreon Anniversary!
August 22: Penguin of the Month photo
Join us at Patreon to make sure that I have to write something about creativity every day! The more people that sign up on or before July 31, the more articles you’ll see.
For every 5 people who join our Patreon between now and July 31, 2019, I will write an extra creativity article for Patreon members (Penguinators) only. So far, I write one article a month on creativity for Penguinators. The articles have included “The Secrets to Creativity” series, with supporting articles on Penguinate.com. You can read and work on:
The Real Secrets of Creativity: By the Books
The Secrets of Creativity: Paradox
The Secrets to Creativity: Deep Thinking
The Secrets of Creativity: Seeing for Penguinators
The Secrets of Creativity: Play
Those are the most recent posts, along with a breakdown of
our success in June at comic conventions and with my books.
In August, I have already scheduled the first article I am
writing for the creativity storm:
What Do 1980’s ‘Popeye’ and Criticism Have to Do with Creativity?
It will be released for Penguinators only on August 14. If you want to read it, you’ll need to join our Patreon at any level, even $1! Get four of your friends to join and I’ll write another creativity article! For as long as you’re a member, you’ll have access to all of the articles, great discounts at our events, and funny photos of stuffed penguins! Join us today!
After a successful first half of the year, Penguinate.com
was able to make its first donation to the Global Penguin Society. Penguinate.com
donates $1 for every adopted stuffed penguin from its website and the events
the business attends.
“It feels good to do something that helps penguins,” says
Jenya Engkilterra, who handmakes the plush penguins. “We’re just happy that we
can do something for them.”
Penguins are a bellwether species for climate change. As the
Antarctic ice melts and seal levels rise, penguins are facing a tougher
environment than they may be able to survive.
The Global Penguin Society is an award-winning organization
that educates people, protects habitats and observes penguin populations. It is
dedicated to the conservation of the world’s 18 penguin species. The
organization was the recipient of donations from the Walt Disney Company’s
DisneyNature release “Penguins.”
Penguinate.com will continue to donate to the Global Penguin
Society for the rest of 2019.
During the month of July, my goal is to recruit 30 new
Patreon Penguinators at any level. If you join now, at even $1, you’ll get
access to the “Penguin of the Month” photo featuring our amazing stuffed
penguins – usually Patch or Penny.
You’ll also get one Patreon only article about creativity. The series, which started before I left for the U.S. in May, has been called “The Secrets of Creativity” and has been written as a supplement to another article on my peguinate.com blog. While that may or may not be the case in the future, it is what I am working with now. If we make it over $200 in Patreon pledges a month, I will add a second article for members only and for every $200 after that until we reach 5 articles a month.
Donating more than $1 a month will get you different levels
of rewards. Want books? Donate at $50 and get a book a month from an assortment
of Indie authors – including me. These books will be curated and from authors I
have enjoyed reading like Darren Lamb and Drue M. Scott.
If you love penguins, then the $200 level is the one to
choose. You’ll get one penguin a year for as long as you’re a member of our
Choose the $500 level and get a creativity box delivered to
you every month. What’s a creativity box? It’s a box that is crammed full of
items and ideas to help you become more creative. These items will vary from
month-to-month and will inevitably include a book, something to play with, and
a list of activities to engage in. As you continue your subscription and follow
along with the contents, you will find that you’ll be able to put to use those
principles of creativity that most suit your needs.
If you’re currently a Patreon Penguinator, thank you! Be
sure to spread the word to your friends and help us grow our community. If you’re
not yet a Patreon Penguinator, now is the best time to join!
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.
On April 14, 2019, my 8th book “Penguinate! The
Disney Company” will be released on Amazon Kindle. (That’s just in time for my
birthday!) “Penguinate! The Disney Company” looks at aspects of the company
that Walt Disney would recognize. It includes thoughts on Disney Parks, Disney
creativity, and Disney movies, including “Frozen 2” plots Disney probably never
This wholly unauthorized look at the Disney Company is designed to help you think deeply and share your thoughts. The more you practice deep thinking, the more creative you’ll become. Preorder the Kindle version today at Amazon, or preorder the paperback here.
The Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements iv About This Book 1 The Disney Family 3 Walt Disney’s Road to Creativity 4 Diane Disney Miller, Grandma and Disneyland 6 The Disney Parks 8 Standing in Line Is Part of the Appeal 9 FASTPASS Is too Fast 10 FASTPASS, Reservations and Time 11 Why the Characters at the Parks Matter 12 Disney Parks Don’t Need New Rides to Increase Attendance 14 How Disney Can Save Itself and the World 16 The Disneyland Resort 19 The Birth of Disneyland 20 The Submarine Voyage (1959 to 1998) 22 Star Wars Land Vs. Tomorrowland 23 Put the ‘Tomorrow’ Back in Tomorrowland 26 Investing in Parks Is the Best Way to Deal with Crowds 28 Mickey Mouse Foods and Happiness 30 Disney California Adventure Is still No Disneyland 31 World of Color – Winter Dreams 2013 33 Eulogy for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 34 Walt Disney World 35 Reflections on the College Program 2012 36 Why Would Walt Want to Build a City? A panel with Paul Anderson at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 38 Walt Disney World’s Internal Communication 40 Walt Disney World’s External Communication 41 Walt Disney World and Change 42 Why MyMagic+ is Genius 43 Crew Spaceship Earth with Aaron Wallace and the Rest of Humanity 45 Critique of Epcot Misses Context 47 The American Idol Experience Will Suck You in like the TV Show 49 Disneyland Paris 51 Disneyland Paris 2015 Is Like Disneyland 2000 52 La Taniere du Dragon: Magic at Disneyland Paris 54 Disney’s Synergy 55 Disney Does the Dumb: No Longer Going to Infinity and Beyond 56 Disney/Fox Merger Sounds Death Knell for Small-Time Writers and Creatives 58 Did Disney Cut the Cord? 60 ‘Agent Carter’ sets stage for Captain America vs. Batman and Superman 62 Let’s Get Dangerous: Disney Dominates Movies and Music 64 Why Fox’s Fantastic Four Flop Is Good News for Disney 65 Disney Jumps to Light Speed with Creative Properties 66 ESPN Fishes for Its ‘Little Mermaid’ 68 The Disney Princess Stories 72 The Saving of Snow White: Rethinking Criticisms of Disney Films 73 Dying Ugly: The Misguided Actions of the Evil Queen 75 Cinderella’s Choice: Rethinking Criticisms of Disney Films 76 ‘Frozen’ 78 ‘Frozen’ Warms the Heart 79 Hans: Clever Schemer, Opportunist, or Love Corrupted by Power 81 Scarcity Fuels ‘Frozen’s’ Fire 83 Possible ‘Frozen 2’ Plots 85 ‘You Can’t Top Pigs with Pigs’: ‘Frozen 2’ on Thin Ice 89 ‘Frozen’ vs. the Super Bowl 92 ‘Frozen Fever’ opens for ‘Cinderella’: What’s at Stake? 94 The Rise of Olaf and Baymax 96 Disneyland’s Frozen Paradise 2015 97 How Disney Changed the Princess Story for Success in the Modern Age 100 ‘Maleficent’: Visually Stunning, Epic Fantasy 111 ‘Frozen’ and ‘Maleficent’ Create Instant Cliché 113 Evil Isn’t Complicated; It’s Easy 115 Maleficent Changes Her Character 117 ‘Maleficent,’ Misogyny and Metaphor: Disney Hits a Cultural Nerve 118 An Alternate Ending for ‘Maleficent’? 119 Other Disney Films 121 ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Explores Ways to Fix It 122 Why Maui is the bad guy in ‘Moana’ 124 Disney Stuck in a Rut: Sequels Rule the Box Office 126 Keep Moving Forward with ‘Tomorrowland’ 128 ‘Tomorrowland’ Brings to Screen What Theme Park Lacks 129 Society Needs Its Dreamers 131 What Kid’s See in Disney Films May Not Be What Adults See 133 Disney Products 135 Disney Products: D23Expo 2017 Explores Past and Future 136 Appendix 1: Other Disney Books to Consider 139 Appendix 2: Disney Vocabulary 141 About the Author 143
In his book “Brainstorming: Unleashing Your Creative Self,” Don Hahn says that a lot of creativity books come off sounding like a Stuart Smalley self-help quote: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” Maybe that should be expected. Creativity is the highest expression of a person’s humanity.
Creativity is at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for
self-actualization. Those, who believe in God, also believe that humans are
formed in His image to go forth and do math or procreate, which is an act of core
People are at their best when they’re being creative. They
flow, they sparkle, they embrace their inner child, they play, and they laugh
and find the humor. They love, they forgive, and they ultimately revel in the
happiness that creativity reveals in the sore of their own being.