Saturday Evening Post

This has been an eventful roller coaster of a week. If you read the M3 Friday Follies, you got look into just one of the adventures. After a brief recap of a few of the others, Clyde has a Folly to bring you compliments of Verizon. The fans are swirling the cool air. Grab a cuppa and snuggle into a rocker. Let’s talk.

The M3 Blog

Other than the outages heretofore already addressed, M3 is progressing nicely. One piece of the fallout from the outage was my close monitoring of the spiders which index M3. Yes, M3 is on the spankies list for Google and Bing both. Crawls slowed to less than 300 per hour for the first time in…months.

For those of you to whom this is Greek, feel free to skip to the Books news.

After weeks of being crawled more than 500 times per hour, M3 is in the doghouse for being inaccessible twice in one week and for more than four consecutive hours.

As big as M3 is, it is not unusual for more than one spider to work on indexing. It takes a handful of them to comb the more than 650 pages and nearly 900 images on M3. While I continue to retrofit the original posts with my images in place of Zemanta pull-in images, the changes in the old posts are of interest to the spiders. It is a project I hope to complete long before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, I am hoping for a surge in post sharing to help traffic get the spiders’ attention. Any help the M3 Readers provide is appreciated.


Flash in the Pan (Fall 2012)All I can say is you are amazing. While I have been missing, the M3 Readers have been some flashing authors! If you have not visited some of the newcomers, you are missing out. With more than 60 entries for this book, we are headed to a substantial body of work when this one goes to press.

It is not too late. There are a number of you who have shown interest in FTP. This is my official invitation and encouragement. Even if you are not willing to post your flash on your own blog, you can still be involved.

Make your flash fit the monthly parameters. Email it to me with a 50 word about me. The about me can be as cheeky or serious as you like…just make sure it is no more than 50 words. If you want your blog or website linked, send me a link.

PS Five of the authors already on the FTP page need to get their about me to me. If you do not know who you are, visit the page and see if your name is there. Hmm.

Mantra for a Muse has picked up two five star reviews. If you missed the new page, stop by and check them out. Many thanks to both Lizzie and Gail for their glowing reviews. I sincerely appreciate all good ink my books are getting.

The autographed copies for the winners of the Goodreads giveaway (which I found horrifically disappointing) will go out on Monday morning: one to Florida and the other to Belgium. It will be the first copy to hit Europe.

And yes, I sunk low enough to ask the little worm why he gave a book he had never seen two stars. I managed not to call him a worm. Still wondering why I did not, but I did not.

Killing Us Softly is in the hands of beta readers. The mixed reviews are not about quality, but about the sheer emotion of the book. One of the most poignant quotes so far:

Can you even write a grocery list that doesn’t put a stranglehold on my feelings and how I look at the world?”

My answer? No, not a folly. Merely a soft,

I hope not.”

If you are not familiar with the 1,000 Zombies Projecttake a moment to check out Bryon. I am excited to be working on creating some Zombie flashes for his second book in the series. Be sure to watch the video. Bryon made the Global National news.

Byron will be joining in the Redmund Launch.

Redmund Productions

Yes, I hate coding. However, when one wants a website which does not look it popped out of a cookie cutter template box, one must code. The week has been a mixed bag.

On one hand, the forum is built, clean, promising to be fun. On the other hand, database issues are plaguing it at the moment. I am hoping to have it up and ready for registrations by the end of the month. This will allow for registration, profile building and getting the Redmund crew together to socialize and trade ideas, experience, eyes and more.

The book store is going better than expected. The shell is built. I still need to customize it to erase the portions of the out of the box feel it still has. Regardless of layout success, it will not be available until the week of launch.

The main site is progressing slowly. It had to take a backseat to the M3 issues this week. Overall, I am not as disappointed as I first thought I would be for being behind on my self-imposed timeline. It helps I am ahead personally, which allows me more corporate time.

Right Turn, Clyde!

Right turn, Clyde.

Clyde was ensnared by a corporate technique which got completely under his skin.

We all know of corporate policies which are easily abused. It is possible to do one’s job without having ever been productive. Verizon is a company with many such policies in the customer service department.

One of the most exploited ones is the time in which CSR have to answer emails directed to their various customer satisfaction divisions. Nowhere in the policy does it state the matter should be addressed or resolved.


The number one complaint for companies which provide cellular coverage and Internet access is no service, as was the case with my complaint. To be specific, I lodged a complaint against fading of signal which caused repeated failed downloads of large software purchases necessitating restarts which consequentially chew up my monthly data usage to the tune of an extra two or three gigabytes per month.

In answer to my complaint, I got a non-committal form letter which…well, read for yourself:

Hello Red Dwyer,

Thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless. We greatly value your business and we are committed to provide you the best customer service possible. I am sorry to hear about the difficulties that you have been experiencing with your service. I wanted to send you an email to provide as much information as I can.

I apologize for the frustration you have been having. I was not able to locate your name on the account, and we’ll need the password on the account in order to open it. Once we have this information, we should be able to assist you further.

Most questions regarding your device can be answered by visiting us at (link the where the complaints are [were] made). Simply sign in or register for additional account information.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. However if you need additional assistance, please reply to this email with a daytime number to reach you. You can also give us a call at (CS/sales telephone number) and press option 3 for technical support. You will want to make sure that you are calling from a separate line and that your device is available so that we can assist you further. We appreciate your business and thank you for using Verizon Wireless products and services.”

How many ways does this say: We have no intention of helping you or providing service. Thank you for going away.? Enter my response:

Of all the thoroughly disappointing form letter responses I have ever gotten.

For the corporately handicapped individual who sent this, who will, I am certain, not be the one to receive this scathing email:

1. The email was sent to you via My Verizon contact form, which, since how your system works is a mystery to you, is encrypted with my name (Ann Marie Dwyer) and my account number, and my telephone number. If you are still in need of the telephone number, it is in the signature of this email.

2. The email address to which you sent this infuriating non-response, to clear your ticket before you can be tagged for failing customer service more than you already do, is the primary one on the account. I find it discouraging there is not an operator number attached to it so a proper CSR complaint can be made.

3. It is not MY service which is the problem. MY service is to pay you each month, which I do via direct bank draft. YOUR service is to provide me with Internet access and cellular coverage, neither of which you do very well or with any consistency. As irony would have it, it was the reason I emailed you over a week ago.

4. That the response to a failure of service is for me to visit your customer support email form (which is how you came to send me this abomination) or scour your unnavigable website for information which does not exist in any corporately branded public forum is a premium example of no oversight of customer service representatives at any level. Had I been looking for this level of non-service, I would have done just well to call and speak to someone who speaks my language at a pigeon level as a third or fourth language, if at all.

This is yet another shining example of Verizon’s complete lack of commitment to customers who pay them faithfully. 

And to whomever calls, do not attempt to sell me anything. I am not interested in paying Verizon more for the shoddy service they are failing to provide for the handsome fees I pay now. 

A disgusted and thoroughly dissatisfied customer,
Red Dwyer.

Yes, my email is always written in red and large, as I do all else.

So, my dearest M3 Readers, as the SEP usually does, we have addressed the highlights of how I affect M3 and how it affects me. I hope you are having a restful weekend. Until next time,

Red Signature


Is the email response clear? How often are you faced with form letter responses which have nothing whatsoever to do with your query or complaint? Are there any erotica beta readers out there? (Email if you prefer not to be identified in the comments.)

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  1. I think customer service is really dead and six feet under. I’m so surprised when I receive good service, I usually babble and fill out a form so the employee gets recognition.
    Barb recently posted..The Post I’ve Dreaded To WriteMy Profile

    • I do the same thing. I am grateful to the CSR before I get off the tele and leave good notes. Great to see you today (yesterday), Barb!

  2. P.S. You’ve been one busy mama!
    Barb recently posted..The Post I’ve Dreaded To WriteMy Profile

  3. Red, I’m so sorry these troubles. Yet even so, your post is still upbeat. Incredible.

    I didn’t know you could write code too. You are SO amazing!

    (hope this coming week is better 🙂 )
    Noeleen recently posted..First Class and a Screaming BabyMy Profile

  4. No-one seems to care about giving good service to their customers. I remember when the customer was king (or queen).
    Tess Kann recently posted..Flash In The Pan – DinnerMy Profile

    • Seems like as soon as our children were old enough to begin answering the lines, customer service died. How did we let that happen?

  5. Red this is a rather
    simplistic thought but…

    They are all bozo’s without an ounce of gumption between their ears, just empty space and a never-ending supply of inexcusable BS excuses…

    I hope they get their act together soon or I might have to send the Zombies round and you know what they are like? 🙂

    Have a wicked rest of evening Red 🙂
    Oh yes and you are doing brilliantly…

    Androgoth XXx

    • There will be an update to this one on this week’s SEP. You may well be surprised what happens when you tweet hatemail to Verizon. *Wickedly Grins*

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