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Etsy

Hey guys!!!

What have we been doing all this time we haven’t been blogging?
We’ve been lying on beaches, sipping margaritas and working on our tans.

Yeah, right. In our dreams…

No we’ve been doing the whole “working for a paycheck to pay the rent” thing. And putting together our very own ETSY SHOP!!!!

Yes thats right, we’ve got an etsy shop. We caved in to public demand and put up our very own shop. So if you need a gift for that someone special during the holidays or just need to quench that burning desire to spend a few bucks, please consider purchasing one of our amazing prints!

You’ll sleep better at night knowing you’ve supported a local artist (local in the general sense of the word. I mean, we’re both from the planet Earth I assume) and that one of our prints (soon to be YOUR PRINTS) came direct from our adventures on the road. It’ll probably still have the faint smell of stale cigarettes and dirty martinis.

Now, when you view our shop, we only have about a fraction of the photos we took up at the moment. Don’t worry; we’re uploading more and more every minute. AND when you view our WEBSITE any and all of those photos are also up for grabs. Just email up with the title and info, and we’ll sell you one of those. We’ll sell you any and all of our prints.

Shit, we’ll even sell you our grandmothers. As long as you don’t mind long nights of Scrabble and shots of Ensure.
Really. They’re mean Scrabble players.

So to conclude: ETSY

Go buy.

Now.

That is all

This is one of those A-Mazing prints you can purchase from our Etsy shop!

ALIENS

Oh wow, look at this. ANOTHER A-Mazing photo!!!

-M & V


Siesta time is OVER

” Where have you guys been?”

“What have you been doing?”

“Are you ALIVE?”

“Or do you just like to ignore us??”

 

Calm down people. Below lies the questions to all of your answers. And some giggles too.

 

 

-M


RUN-DNC

Long time no see!

Hey guys,

It’s been awhile. I know, I know. A lot has been going on. We had the DNC in town last week, which was pretty cool. Lots of big black SUVs with government plates, newscasters everywhere, and oh yeah the President was in town as well. It doesn’t matter which way you swing in the political sphere it was a big deal here. All eyes were on our small city, which rarely happens. So I kind of took that week off of life and spent as much time as I could downtown stalking political celebrities.

All I saw were super excited delegates, none of whom I recognized because well, they’re delegates. They’re normal people. I was looking for Joe Biden, for Michelle Obama. Shit I would have settled for Sarah Palin!

Anyway, I didn’t blog, I didn’t edit photos, I didn’t do anything but become a political junkie.
The DNC has left, the dust has settled and I’m ready for work.

I’ve finished scanning all of my photos of the trip. Thats right. ALL OF THEM! Woo Hoo!! I don’t remember if I did a blog about that when it happened. If I did, my apologies. But it’s so exciting, it needed to be said twice.

What do I do now? Well, onwards to the book!
Valerie and I had what will now be a weekly meeting on Tuesday. It’ll be weekly because Whole Foods has $2 glasses of wine on Tuesday.
It was quite a productive meeting and we both left with high hopes, and a little buzz. We’re meeting again tomorrow night to work on our book and to draft up a proposal for the publishers we’re submitting to.

**If any reader out there is friends with a publisher, knows one, sleeps with one, or has passed one in the street,
please let us know. We haven’t done any of the above (that we’re aware of)**

While I did take photos of the DNC, you guessed it! They are film and have yet to be developed.
But while you’re waiting, please check out our website because we’ve uploaded more of our trip photos!  Not all of them by any means. (Let’s be realistic people. It took me two months just to scan them all in)

And in conclusion, I leave you with some sound advice from the Great Houdini

-M


Thought Provoking Blog Award

We recently received an email from a fellow blogger who assured me that I should not be worried about saving the baby elephants. He pointed out that if I went traipsing off into the African wilderness, who else would write such clever and amusing blog entries? If that wasn’t enough to cheer me up, which it was, he also nominated our blog for the

Thought Provoking Blog Award

Man, can you imagine how hard buying a hat must be for this guy?

Sounds pretty important and spiffy doesn’t it? Well it is. No, there isn’t a golden statue or fancy after parties (although you best believe Val and I will drink to this)
What’s really cool about this, is that someone out there reads our blog, on purpose, and actually likes it. And continues to read it!

We are very honored to have this wonderful award bestowed on us by the most awesome A Second Cup. Please go check out his blog. It’s amazingly positive and uplifting, and he’s a Cubs fan to boot. Thanks Dave!

Well again, there are rules to this award. It’s pretty much like the others.
1. Write a blog post about it – Check
2. Thank and mention the person who nominated you – Check
3. Share 7 things about yourselves – About to be Checked
4. Pass the award on to 5-7 blogs you enjoy – Where do we begin?

Hmm…only 7 things about us? We’re not very good at this, as there are a million things about us but none that are worthy of a blog entry or a list. But here goes

1. Mary is obsessed with NASA and all things outer space/sci-fi related, and desperately wishes she had the brains or patience to be an astronaut.

2. Valerie LOVES dinosaurs and wanted to be a paleontologist when she was younger. She has seen Jurassic Park too many times for her own good.

3. We both have both developed a freakish fixation on mustaches or “moustaches” as we believe it should be spelled. Blame it on a very red wine night in New Orleans.

4. If we became co-presidents it would rain glitter, garlic bread would be free, and we would turn the White House into a disco-themed roller skating rink.

5. We

6. Love

7. Coffee

And the nominees for the Though Provoking Blog Award are…

1. The Fool’s Journey
2. Daniel Valencia Photography
3. Jackson Burgess
4. Hearth in Hand
5. Molly Hare

Thanks again for the nomination!

 

-M & V


But…I want to save the elephants too!

So, I had a freak out the other day. One of those quarter-life-crisis where I’m just beginning to realize that I’m already an adult.

Things are going slowly here, which is to be expected. You ever read about those one in a million people who went from being a dishwasher to a superstar overnight due to a chance encounter?

Well we’re not those people. We work hard and play harder. We sweat and toil and worry and bicker and scan and develop and hope to God that we’ll find a publisher who is crazy enough to believe in us.
But it’s the waiting in between that gives me too much time to think about me and my life, where its going (or not going) what I’m doing, what I should be doing, what everyone else my age is doing, health insurance, 401ks…..
And that can be kind of depressing.

Thus the elephants.

The other night I watched the news and they had a bit on a woman who has spent the last 30 years of her life living in Africa, saving the elephants from poachers. She invented baby elephant formula, elephant sanctuaries, and the idea that rescued elephants could be saved and nursed back to health. After being incredibly inspired by her, all I could think was
“What the fuck am I doing with my life?!! This woman is saving baby elephants in Africa and all I’m doing is sitting on my butt. I need to help. I NEED TO SAVE BABY ELEPHANTS!”

I ran around thinking that the last 25 years of my life were a waste and I was being too lazy coloring in the third grade, when I should have been out raising awareness for AIDS. Instead of playing barbie dolls with my friends, I should have been going door-to-door getting signatures for green peace petitions. While I was going out on Friday nights, there were other kids who were going to bed early so they could wake up Saturday and march for equal rights.

Sigh.

Watch this amazing video that won’t donate money to poor kids in Zimbabwe, but might make you laugh a little bit. Excuse me, I’ll be downtown protesting for women’s suffrage or equal rights for the koala bears or something like that.

-M


I welcome you to the 49 states of America

Well at the rate I edit and upload videos, you’d be waiting another two weeks to get the next one. Valerie and I just talk so much and they end up being very looooong videos. And people have very short attention spans, so it takes a while to edit them. So I’ll entertain you with an update on our lives. Because lets be honest, I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seat wondering what these wild and crazy girls have been up to. 

I’ll tell you,

For the past several weeks, we’ve been editing our photos like there’s no tomorrow. I know I’ve said that before, but it really is very laborious. After scanning all day, I usually have one or two rolls of 35mm done. Double that if its 120 film. And I shot 98 rolls of film.

But we’ve also had an exciting and promising last few weeks as well.

If you’ve typed in www.kodakkerouacs.com you’ve already noticed that Valerie and I got our website up (woo hoo!)
It took longer than it should have; neither one of us were successful at persuading a graphic designer to help us so we panicked for awhile until we finally made a good site.
But in the end, I think it was worth all the stress and nail biting. We now look professional!! Don’t worry, we still don’t act professional.
When you look at it (and I know you will, because you love our photos and can’t wait to see more) you will notice that not all of our work is up yet. It will be. Soon.

We also had a meeting with a reporter from Creative Loafing. If you don’t have one in your city, it’s an alternative newspaper that is free (awesome, who doesn’t like free?) and basically showcases cool local people, places, and things. Like musicians or artists (Hey thats us!)

She liked us a lot.
-Who doesn’t?
Hopefully we’ll have something in the works in October. She would publish us now, but the DNC is coming to our town in September so every newspaper, website, magazine, television station, and strip club owner is obsessed with the influx of politicians, interns, and future Monica Lewinskies.
Should make for some good photos ops though…

As for today, Valerie and I are going out exploring. We realized that neither one of us has ever designed a book, and if its anything like a website then we have some researching to do. It really only involves going to book stores and looking at other photography books, but I believe there will be coffee involved. We’re aiming to have that together, published and printed by September, October by the latest.

Yes, its ambitious. But thats how we roll.

Balls to the wall.

Here’s a little something to keep your satisfied til we get another Camera Talk video up. Please don’t take offense Shannon.

-M


Camera Talk: The SLR

Just think of us as the female version of Click and Clack.

Snap and Shot, your go to advice for photo questions. We may not give you the answer you were looking for, but admit it.  We’d make a GREAT radio show.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about…sigh. Just google it.

Anyway, its been awhile since we’ve been online. I know, I know. But what with website design, interviews, and putting together our book, I just fell back on the blog. My apologies.

It will certainly happen again.

So here is our next installment in our Camera Talks series. This time it’s on a camera you’re all probably familiar with, the SLR. It’s still around, albeit mostly in the Digital SLR format. But its still a good camera and takes some pretty awesome photos.

-M


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