I went to Florida to photograph Joe in the place where he writes, which, as it turns out, is his back porch at three in the morning. (He gets UP then, you lazy bums.) He's also doing a great series of original watercolors with hand-written stories on them which is what he's showing me here in this photo Colin took
While I was there I said "I sure hope I see an alligator while I'm in Florida" and Joe's awesome wife, Gay, said "oh they're all over, we can go for a walk and find some" --
and sure enough, we saw not just alligators, but sand hill cranes (which are HUGE) a plethora of birds, wild bison, wild pigs, and deer -- at one time all in the same vista. I cannot begin to express how incredible Gay Haldeman is, though I'm sure that many of the people who chime in here will be able to give some voice to it. She's like the Gertrude Stein of science fiction -- everybody knows her, she seems to be at the center of everything, she's friendly, effusive, charming -- she's the glue that holds together a wonderful circle of people. She can identify more birds than Noah -- What can I say? She's awesome. I miss her already.
you can find some of the images from Where I Write, here, at whereiwrite.org. It's been a fascinating trip. Right now I'm typing up interviews. Whee.