Armenian Genocide, Chronic Fatigue, and Creativity

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of How to Be Australian, and My Name Is Revenge. Her writing has been published widely. An award-winning speaker, she has a Master of Research in creative writing. Originally from Canada, she lived and worked in South Korea, Mexico and Peru before moving to Sydney, Australia. She lives with chronic illness. 

Ashley’s Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

  Books: My Name is Revenge, How to be an Australian

Armenian Genocide

Consequences of Denial by Aida Alayarian

German extermination of the Herero and Namaqua peoples of Western Africa

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Don’t Look Up, (2021, Netflix) Adam McKay, Director, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett

James and Ashley Stay at Home podcast on Apple

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

Episode # 9 The Healing Power of Creativity with Karin Foxwell, Art Therapist

Sarah Sentilles, Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

David Husk Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts

Wind River, (2017) Taylor Sheridan, Director, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Shank, Cognitive Scientist


I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at


This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Ashley Kalagian Blunt, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.

Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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