Writer, musician and blogger Derek K. Miller died yesterday of cancer. Before he died, he wrote up a final post for his blog, Penmachine, to be posted after his death.
This is all over the internet already. I just saw it on Roger Ebert's Facebook page, having never read or known of Miller before. It is a beautiful, stunning, sad, inspiring, sobering, human piece of writing. A portion is excerpted below, but you should go read the whole thing.
Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.
If you knew me at all in real life, you probably heard the news already from another source, but however you found out, consider this a confirmation: I was born on June 30, 1969 in Vancouver, Canada, and I died in Burnaby on May 3, 2011, age 41, of complications from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer. We all knew this was coming.
Read the rest of the Last Post at Penmachine, here.