What would cause Jim Hines, an author and an all-around awesome guy, to do this?
The answer is simple if you follow Jim’s blog: charity. He is raising money for Aicardi Syndrome Foundation and he has recruited John Scalzi to do it.
One of my high school classmates Jen posted on Facebook that she needed a ride to the hospital. Her eleven-year-old daughter Madison was in the hospital as a result of complications from a rare condition known as Aicardi Syndrome. It was the first time I had seen Jen in ages.
Madison died a few days later.
I had learned about Aicardi several years earlier, from my friends Michael and Lynne Thomas, both of whom are active in the SF/F community. Michael is an author as well as Managing Editor at Apex Magazine, and has been an Associate Editor for Mad Norwegian Press. Lynne is a curator, editor, podcaster, and two-time Hugo winner.
Their daughter Caitlin has Aicardi Syndrome. I felt fortunate to be able to introduce Jen to Michael when Madison was first diagnosed, trying to connect her to a source of information and support.
Read more here: http://www.jimchines.com/2012/12/cover-posing-for-a-good-cause/
I donated this morning. It wasn’t Jim or his awesome legs that got me, it was the picture of the little girl. So this is a signal boost and if you choose to donate to charities this year, I hope you will consider Aicardi Syndrome Foundation as a possible recipient. And if the money is tight or you prefer to donate to other charities, at the very least looking at Jim Hines and John Scalzi in heels will cheer you up. Or scar you for life. Your pick.