is two guys collaborating to write on writing and collaboration.


There is almost nothing to say about the typography of the page, since the web limits us so. If you’re a student of such, you know exactly what we’re using here since the selection is small.

The structure was heavily inspired — whereby “inspired” we mean “lifted” from Daring Fireball. We don’t consider this theft, but more like assembling a puzzle in a way that a much smarter person has previously done, thus avoiding the embarrassment of making larger mistakes than we are currently. Gruber is a fine writer, a twenty-first century entrepreneurial journalist, and well worth supporting with your time, and maybe with a subscription. Both Spitball!ers are long-time members of Daring Fireball.

Other websites that had an influence design wise: Mandy Brown’s A Working Library and Jack Shedd’s Big Contrarian.

The site is laid out using the 960 grid system, to save the time on building our own. We’re using both Mint and Google Analytics, for the heck of it.

Fancy zooms are handled by the stellar Cabel Sasser’s fancy FancyZoom. We own every piece of software Panic makes, even though we prefer TextMate to Coda, we still bought a license to spread the love around the Pacific Northwest.

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What is Spitball!?

Spitball! is two guys collaborating to write about writing and collaboration. We're writing partners who have worked together since 2000, and placed in the top 100 in the last Project Greenlight for our script YELLOW.

Currently, we are both working on multiple screenplay, short story, and novel ideas independently and together, and collaborate on this blog.

What Spitball! used to be

Spitball! started as an attempt to collaborate on a screenplay online in real time. From January 2006 to July 2007 we worked on an interactive process to decide the story we were going to make. A full postmortem is coming, but you can find the find all the posts by looking in the category Original Version.

During this period, we affected the personalities of two of the most famous spitball pitchers from the early 20th Century. Look at our brief bios for more info about this, and so as not to be confused as to who is talking when.

We rebooted the franchise in early 2009 in its current form.

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Kent M. Beeson

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Kent M. Beeson (aka Urban Shockah) is a stay-at-home dad and stay-at-home writer, living in Seattle, WA with his wife, 2 year old daughter and an insane cat. In 2007, he was a contributor to the film blog ScreenGrab, where he presciently suggested Jackie Earle Haley to play Rorschach in the Watchmen movie, and in 2008, he wrote a film column for the comic-book site ComiXology called The Watchman. (He's a big fan of the book, if you couldn't tell.) In 2009, he gave up the thrill of freelance writing to focus on screenplays and novels, although he sometimes posts to his blog This Can't End Well, which a continuation of his first blog, he loved him some movies. He's a Pisces, and his favorite movie of all time is Jaws. Coincidence? I think not.

Martin McClellan

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Martin (aka Burley Grymz) is a designer and writer. He occasionally blogs at his beloved Hellbox, and keeps a longer ostensibly more interesting bio over here at his eponymous website. You can also find him on Twitter.