Blog Award Nomination! & 99,356 words


The Rules (They’re really more like guidelines. You don’t even have to follow them. I won’t tell anyone)

  1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

  1. Almost joined the police force, but my mum was certain I’d go derpy hero mode and break my neck on day one (probably true, I have such tendencies), so she offered me a higher paying job instead.
  2. I have been to Wacken heavy metal music festival in Germany twice, to Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic, back to the UK a bunch of times, and around Scandinavia on a bus, but have never even set foot in France or Italy.
  3. My favourite food is beef ramen with egg and kraft cheese on top, or bratwurst with sauerkraut… don’t make me choose.
  4. I did a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English, Text & Writing, then completely changed direction to do my Masters in Med Science…
  5. Wolf the Husky (my dog) still has metal plates in his leg from a valgus deviation in puppy-hood. Vet bills >$7,000 AUD. Coincidentally have metal plates in my hand too, which was considerably cheaper. Damn dog.
  6. My earliest memory is accidentally discovering how to whistle (musically, not wolf-whistling) whilst sat in a baby crib at the leisure centre in Cleethorpes, UK. I hadn’t yet figured out how to talk.
  7. My favourite film growing up was Terminator 2, which I watched to the point where I could have quoted the lines of all characters. Now how about them boots and that motorcycle?

Alright, on to my fifteen nominations! Some of you have probably already been nominated, in which case you definitely don’t have to post again, but feel free to take the above buttons for your blog.

Nominees (in no particular order):

  1. Silent Spells
  2. Margaret’s Blog
  3. Susan E. Rother
  4. How do you pronounce Eynon?
  5. S.B.James, Doing the Write Thing
  6. Jodie Llewellyn
  7. Millie Ho
  8. Angela Quarles
  9. The Kelworth Files
  10. Books and Bark
  11. E.P.Beaumont
  12. Megan Sutherland
  13. Write me a book, John!
  14. CaitlinSternWrites
  15. Backwrites

Best regards,


About D.R.Sylvester

A Clinical Research Associate by day (google it), writer by night, D.R.Sylvester lives in Sydney, Australia with his patissiere wife and Siberian Wolf. His interests include travel, music (predominantly Metal), reading, & archery.
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18 Responses to Blog Award Nomination! & 99,356 words

  1. Millie Ho says:

    Thank you for the nomination, D.R.! It’s cool that you’ve been to Wacken—I plan on going someday, too. Any favourite metal bands?

    • Definitely got a few. Probably Amorphis, Gojira & Insomnium are my favourites. Alestorm and Swashbuckle are constant companions when I’m writing Roger’s character. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Soilwork. I started off in about ’97 with Metallica, so it was fun to see that the latest ‘Tallica rock-opera thingo – “Through the Never” is pretty brutal. What are you listening to? 🙂
      If you do decide to go to Wacken, message Laila Hallak on Facebook, she has a group – Camp Facebook At Wacken Open Air. They’re a great bunch of guys and girls from all over the world that help each other plan, camp at the festival together, and meet up before/after in Germany for shennanigans.

      Amorphis –
      Gojira –
      Insomnium –
      Alestorm –
      Swashbuckle –
      Soilwork –

      • Millie Ho says:

        Thanks for the heads-up about the Facebook group. I like most of the bands you listed, especially Amorphis and Insomnium. When people say Gojira, I always am reminded of Gorod, which is an unbelievable tech death band from Europe. Check them out if you haven’t already.

        I compiled a list of (just melodic death) some favourite metal tunes:

        Don’t know about you, but metal is fantastic writing music. : )

      • It absolutely is \m/
        Good list; I will give Scar Symmetry a bit more of a look.
        I was lucky enough to see Insomnium play on the last day of Wacken 2012, at about two in the morning, knee deep in mud, with a litre stein of energy drink and vodka in one hand. I also had one awesome gal from that group I mentioned dive into my tent at 10.50am and slap me awake so I didn’t miss Amorphis play the main stage at Wacken 2010. Good times. Good times.

      • Millie Ho says:

        Haha, we all need companions like those, especially in a concert setting. Scar Symmetry’s “Pitch Black Progress” is one of my favourite metal albums, so you can start with that first. Do you listen to Cynic? Their technical ability and creativity is just at a totally different level.

      • Thanks, will do. Haven’t heard Cynic, but I’m all for technical ability and creativity! Will look for them too. I noticed that you have Kalmah in that list as well? Heaps good stuff.
        Do you like any Folk Metal? After Melodic Death that’s probably my fave sub-genre. Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Eluvietie, Ensiferum, Turisas, even Chthonic… I am also really enjoying Textures. Dunno what genre that is though.

      • Millie Ho says:

        I think Cynic is jazz fusion with progressive metal thrown in, though their style tends to morph because they like to experiment. Their lead guitarist was offered a permanent position for the band Death, but turned it down to focus on Cynic. It’s definitely a niche band, and I’m glad you like it.

        I’m jotting down all the Folk Metal bands you listed. I gave Korpiklaani a listen and like it a lot so far. Have you listened to Novembre? Solid death/doom metal band:

      • Korpiklaani are amazing fun live, too.
        Cheers very much for all the new bands. Novembre sound good, going to have a bit more of a listen to them.
        Oh, and forgot to ask: you heard Amon Amarth? Death Metal with a strong viking theme.
        Also, you being a cartoonist/artist I’m guessing you’re all over the show Metalocalypse? k-k-k-k-yeeeeeah! Dr. Roxo!

        Boy am I gonna sounds likes a crazy persons if you haven’t watched this, ja…

  2. Thank you very much for nominating me! I can nominate your blog, right? I think I’ll have to do this a little later tonight, but I can certainly think of plenty of blogs on here that inspire me! I will link back here later!

  3. Thanks for the nomination 🙂 I love Victoria’s and The Paper Butterfly’s blogs! They are both amazing writers. (You are, too!) 😛
    – Sabrina

  4. Certain dogs have a problem with hip dysplasia :/ Sounds like your dog had a femoral osteotomy with a blade plate? In humans it costs $50,000, and that’s not including the hospital stay. I know because I had a similar procedure, lol. Oh Beef Ramen with Kraft cheese on top? XD Is that an Australian thing? I’ve never tried it, but I like American Cheese. I usually put it on my hot dogs, lol. I like some heavy metal. . . I wouldn’t call myself a big heavy metal fan. My friend jokingly called, Nightwish, ladies metal XD I like some of Dir en Grey’s songs, and some Metallica. I just got into this new trend of Baby-Metal. If you haven’t heard of it you can watch it on Youtube. It’s from Japan, and I think it’s representative of their culture. If you watch it you’ll see what I mean, lol. My husband hates heavy metal. He mostly just likes American and Japanese pop music. Dir en Grey came to a city near me and my husband refused to go u_u So I took my sister with me XD

    • The valgus was at his ankle rather than higher up, and treatment basically consisted of putting an external frame around his leg, breaking it in two places, and pinning it together through the middle, adjusting the screws every few weeks. Sorry about your health woes 😦 sounds really rough.
      In Australia we currently get most medical treatment for free, including a lot of operations, but our incumbent government is aiming to change that. Never mind that Australia is rolling in fat wads of cash… Come live over here while the going is still good!
      The cheese? It’s a Korean thing. There’s a common practice of adding whatever you’ve got to your instant noodles, or ramyun. This could be ddok, dumpling, cheese, spring onion or egg. There’s even a Korean film called Pa-song-song, geran tak, which basically is onomatopoeia for chopping spring onion, and cracking an egg.
      Hahah yeah Nightwish is great music, but perhaps not the most brutal metal there is. I can still listen to it without turning into a lady, because I have an epic beard. Baby metal melted my brain. I just… I don’t even… haha

      Dir en Grey on the other hand, I haven’t listened to them, but one of my good friends swears by them. I will take a look.

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  6. jodiellewellyn says:

    Thanks for thinking of me!

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