is two guys collaborating to write on writing and collaboration.

Jul 31, 2009

Can Do — Martin Ball

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, Maira Kalman delivers in spades.

Everything is invented.
Language. Childhood. Careers.
Relationships. Religion.
Philosophy. The Future.
They are not there for the plucking.
They don’t exist in some
        natural state.
They must be invented by People.
And that, of course, is a great thing.
Don’t mope in your room.
Go invent something.
That is the American message.
Electricity. Flight. The Telephone.
Television. Computers. Walking on
the Moon. It never stops.

The quote is great, but it’s her delivery that truly slays. Don’t miss it.

Maira Kalman, with her late husband Tibor Kalman, made a commitment to how design and art can be agents of change without regard for personal income (Tibor Kalman’s design retrospective book is titled “Perverse Optimist”). Their fearless dedication to craft, perfection (of a sort) and work are very inspirational to me personally.

Seeing that she has a new blog post up on the New York Times is better than a birthday or Christmas present. I read them slow, and then I read them again and again.

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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.