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Fastball! for February 2006

Monday
Feb 20, 2006

DevilDucky - The Simpsomaker — Martin Ball

I see your 5 card Nancy, and raise you the Simpsomaker.

Sunday
Feb 19, 2006

Five-Card Nancy — kza Ball

I’ll see your abstract silent Garfield and raise you 5-Card Nancy.

Friday
Feb 17, 2006

Truth and Beauty Bombs :: View topic - Garfield — Martin Ball

I see your Garfield randomizer, and raise you abstract silent Garfield.

Thursday
Feb 16, 2006

Philip K. Dick is Missing — kza Ball

Is this connected to the missing Flexcar across the street, I wonder?

Wednesday
Feb 15, 2006

Listology: Board Games: Own/Want — kza Ball

I’ve been going through a board game renaissance lately. Here’s what I’ve got and what I want.

Wednesday
Feb 15, 2006

Ticket to Ride — kza Ball

Like candy-colored crack.

Tuesday
Feb 14, 2006

New Scientist Breaking News - Robot moved by a slime mould's fears — Martin Ball

The most AWESOME science news ever. I, for one, etc. etc.

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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.