Michelle Francik, Author

A Crazy Week!

Hey everyone! It has been a crazy week, for sure! Last Sunday I went to get my flu shot at local pharmacy where I get my flu shots every year. I completed the forms and was told it would be 30-45 minutes. I did my shopping and went back to the pharmacy. It had been 50 minutes, so I expected them to say they were nearly ready. The clerk couldn’t find my ticket. She asked one of the pharmacists who said, “Where’s her ticket. I haven’t seen it.” The clerk found it sitting right next to her, and her response was, “oh.”

She picked it up and started entering something in the computer, so when the clerk came over to me and said it would be a few more minutes, they were working on it, I wasn’t surprised. I sat in the waiting area and waited. 20 minutes later I asked about the status. The clerk asked the other pharmacist, since the first one had gone on break, and he said, “It’ll be at least 10 minutes.”

At this point, it had been over an hour, and I had ice cream melting in my cart, so I told her that I couldn’t wait. I was really very nice about it, so I was shocked when the pharmacist spoke up. He told me that they were busy and that I couldn’t expect them to just drop everything to help me! I saw red. I told him that I’d been waiting patiently for over an hour and he told me that I hadn’t. That I’d just walked up and expected to be taken care of right away. I was pissed!

Anyway, I ended up leaving and told him to forget it. I said I’d take my business elsewhere, and he threw up his hands in the air. I went home and sent an email to the store manager and they called me back and were very nice, but no! I don’t deserve to be treated that way and they no longer have my business. Sigh. 🙂

In other news, the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge is coming to an end! It has been a fun ride and I think the authors will be so proud of their anthology! As of now, we have 21 entries accepted and the challenge doesn’t end until tonight. Hopefully there will be a bunch of last minute entries! More work for me, but it’s been so much fun!

I’m thinking of doing another challenge for Christmas. Since we have a wide variety of people signed up, it will probably be more like a Christmas/Holiday/Winter challenge so more people will feel comfortable taking part. One of the most asked questions about the Halloween Challenge was if the story had to be scary! Or if it had to be about Halloween.

I plan to publish the anthology paperback as soon as possible, and release the Kindle version a week or so before Halloween. That way people can enjoy the stories before the holiday. I’ll post the info here once I know what’s happening.

I had a blast participating in the Takeovers for my author friends who, like me, write for Sweet Promise Press. You can check out their books here:

Sweethearts of Country Music books:

1. Rissa  https://amzn.to/2A1JIzg

2. Taylor https://amzn.to/2N1osBU

3. Cecilia https://amzn.to/2LrDXjm

4. Katie Lyn https://amzn.to/2ZKPXqo

5. Cinnamon https://amzn.to/2N3h7C2

6. Mac https://amzn.to/2LxHX1Z

My next Sweet Promise Press book will be released on November 8th! In case you forgot, here’s the cover!

I’ll post more details, including when the paperback will be available, as we get closer!

Well, that’s it for now! If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming writing challenge, or about my books, or Sweet Promise Press, leave a comment or email me at: michelle@mfranciktheauthor.com!

The 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge has begun!

I currently have 52 people signed up for the challenge, I’ve already received four entries, and the Facebook group is finally working, so I have members! Woohoo!

The other day my supervisor at work asked me how my writing “hobby” was going. He has no idea how close he was to being punched in the face! Writing is hard! Staying on top of everything you need to get done is time consuming and draining. Hosting a challenge? Well, let’s just say, I am one tired puppy!

But to read these stories and give people a chance to spread their wings is unbelievable! I’m having so much fun!

So much going on!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind! Sally, creator of Home Business School, listened to my idea for a writing challenge and challenged me to make it happen. And make it happen in a big way! So I am!

I’m hosting the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge! See the post below:


It’s going to be so much fun! I already have over 25 people signed up and I’ve had a lot of questions about content. levels of scary, etc. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should do it now. the challenge starts Sunday, September 15 and ends on Sunday, September 29th.

So, you know I write for Sweet Promise Press. Well, I’ve been doing Facebook takeovers for the new series, Sweethearts of Country Music, and it’s been so much fun! The series is about 6 women who form an all female country band. Books One and Two are available now, and the rest are on pre-order! You can order them all today, read the first two, and have a new book to read every Friday for the next four Fridays! Woohoo!

Sweethearts of Country Music books:

1. Rissa’s Rebel Heart, by Sydney Logan  https://amzn.to/2A1JIzg

2. Taylor’s Legendary Heart, by Victoria Pinder https://amzn.to/2N1osBU

3. Cecilia’s Soulful Heart, by Tami Franklin https://amzn.to/2LrDXjm

4. Katie Lyn’s Guarded Heart, by Marie Savage https://amzn.to/2ZKPXqo

5. Cinnamon’s Courageous Heart, by Ryan Jo Summers https://amzn.to/2N3h7C2

6. Mac’s Daring Heart, by Sandi Lane https://amzn.to/2LxHX1Z

I’ll be doing a takeover for Victoria tomorrow, then I hope to have time to finish my paperback version of Why Writers Need to Write. I have to finish proofreading it, create the table of contents, finish formatting it, create the cover and publish it!

Well, that’s if for now. I’ll be sending out a reminder tomorrow to those who’ve signed up for the challenge. Then on Sunday, your first prompt and a welcome email. I need to get some rest, I have a long weekend ahead!