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Fastball! for October 2009

Thursday
Oct 29, 2009

Alternatively. — Martin Ball

Mr. Merlin Mann on rejection:

It’s not your fucking allowance, guys. It’s business. Keep writing, keep submitting, paper your walls, and cowboy up forever. The only person who owes you anything is you. Maybe. If you’re lucky.

He used the Exquisite Corpse as an example. I submitted poems to the Exquisite Corpse when it was publishing its oddly-sized, snide and wonderful print edition, probably about the same time that Merlin was submitting to Esquire (he had higher aspirations than I, no doubt).

I used nice stationary, naïvely thinking that this would somehow dress my work up. My rejection letter said “Keep at it, but use cheaper paper. It’s just not worth it.”

Friday
Oct 23, 2009

Nearly Universal Literacy Is a Defining Characteristic of Today’s Modern Civilization; Nearly Universal Authorship Will Shape Tomorrow's — Martin Ball

Nearly everyone reads. Soon, nearly everyone will publish.

Seems about right to me.

(via @shirky)

Thursday
Oct 08, 2009

Sarah Vowell on Rachel Maddow — Martin Ball

Sometimes it’s just fun to watch video of writers you love.

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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.