Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Finishing “How to Live

Many hours a week, finishing the book I’ve been most excited about for the last two years.

It’s coming together slowly. It’s hard work. It’s by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

I’ve hired Dr. William Jaworski from to help me make it great.

“Your Music and People” and “Hell Yeah or No” books selling

My two newest books are shipping daily, so get them directly from me, here:

My friend Saeah produced the paper books, and is shipping them from North Carolina, USA.

Living permanently in New Zealand

I moved back to New Zealand in July, and it’s like 2019 here. Covid-free. Everything is open with no restrictions. I’m really thankful to be here.

This is my only home, now. I’ve let go of Singapore and Oxford. I plan to stay for nine more years until my kid is 18.

Learning Lisp

For years, I’ve been itching to learn a new programming language. No practical reason. Ruby and SQL do everything I need. But I just wanted to learn another way.

Lisp has always looked like the most interesting. I started by reading a few books about Clojure, and it looked beautiful.

But the stand-alone nature of Common Lisp, specifically SBCL, seems more appealing. So now I’m reading Common Lisp: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation, and going through its exercises.

Part of the inspiration is to make a stand-alone binary version of my database software that anyone can install on their server.

Updated January 6th, 2021, from Wellington, New Zealand.