For Lori Creel writing little stories and rhythms was a way of dealing with the daily stresses of life. Her musings dealt with everything from getting her child up in the morning for school to dealing with grumpy children. Last year, while looking online for a job, the Antioch writer decided on a whim to check out publishers.
"At the time I didn't think about getting them published, just writing the rhythm," Creel said.
In the end it was various friends and family members telling that she should consider publishing her musings and rhythms that made her decide to take a chance.
After checking out the various online publishers, Creel emailed a few of her favorite rhythms to Tate Publishing and Enterprises, which contacted her back right away.
"It all went very quickly," she said.
The publisher provided the artist who drew pictures to go with her story. Before the year was over she had a publishing date and her little rhythm was set into a 28-page book that not only told a story, but also served to teach a lesson to children.
The book, titled "Emma's Decidedly Grouchy Day," tells the story of a young girl who wakes up feeling grumpy and a little mean-spirited. As her day progresses Emma learns some lessons to make her mood better with the help of her mother and "Mikey."
"For me, the part I'm most proud of is the last page in the book," Creel said.
The last page features six tips for children and parents to help find ways to feel better.
"This is for both children and adults, like go outside in the sunshine, things like that," she said.
This book is made for the 2- to 6-year-old age group and meant for parents to read to children, Creel said.
The rhythm that started this story was first written in 1999 and, of course, the names and descriptions of those involved have been changed.
Creel, a former a preschool teacher, is the mother of two now grown children. She is working on the second book that the publisher has already agreed to publish.
"Emma's Decidedly Grouchy Day" was released for publication on Jan. 28. Creel said the publisher is working on setting up book signing events and she also hopes to get some of the books in local bookstores.
In the meantime, the book can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and through Tate Publishing.
Cover cost of the full-color paperback book is $9.99. The book is also available as an e-book from Tate Publishing for $8.99.