spás scríbhneora cruthaitheach — Irish, Creative Writer Space


Three nuances behind ‘ Amokshado

1) Amokshado is a synthesis of the words “amok” and “shadow”. Amok means “behave uncontrollably and disruptively” as in ‘running amok’. Shadow has many meanings related to the interplay of light and dark.

2) The word “moksha” simply means “salvation” or (according to the New Oxford American Dictionary)  “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma.” It also refers to “the transcendent state attained as a result of being released from the cycle of rebirth.

3) Take out ‘moksha’ and all that’s left is ‘ado‘, which harkens to a play by Shakespeare entitled “Much Ado About Nothing”. It’s about not taking life too seriously. Making a space for playing around.

So much for a fancy made up word.

One idea behind this website is to get away from first person writing. It has become tiring to always be promoting ‘self’, tooting a narcissistic horn (all thru the day I, me, mine…). With reality TV usurping autobiographical fiction as the dominant “I” form, old styles of first person expression seem to be getting totally misconstrued, taken as “ego” writing instead of a kind of personal inventory. Clinging to those old ideas of exploring self through the first person has become a fool’s errand, so it seems best to let it go.

Another idea behind Amokshado was to move toward a media publishing company of some kind. These being such frangible times, there’s no saying how efforts to start a dialogue or make some kind of difference might get one into bad situations. The business of writing with a by-line just doesn’t seem worth it anymore. So this is just a space to get down some ideas. Much ado about nothing really.