Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

What I’m doing now

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

I’m home in New Zealand. It’s spring, but I haven’t left in months, so I’ve been here all winter, and it’s starting to wear on my psyche, the constant cold rain. Wanting to escape, a bit.

But at the same time feeling extra-focused on my work, so I don’t want to go distracting myself in some fascinating place. I let the feeling pass, and get back to work.

Overall, it’s been a rare past-focused time for me, cleaning up the past to make the future better. It’s like doing everything on your TO-DO list that’s been there for years. It’s a great feeling.

I finished a months-long project of organizing terabytes of every old photo and video and document on my fileserver. Everything neatly named, categorized, and easy to find forever more. And the system is one that I can use for the rest of my life. All new files have a clear place to go.

I’ve finished the first round of editing all my old blog posts, in preparation for transcription and recording. I’m planning on turning them into two books: one for musicians about the uncommon sense of promoting your music, and one called “Unlearning” since that’s the common theme behind all my post-entrepreneur articles.

I’m reviving Wood Egg LLC to be the publishing company for my own books, which is surprisingly exciting. I much prefer the DIY approach to anything, so even if they sell less than going through a big publisher, this idea excites me more: the idea of keeping the rights, managing my own translations, and being able to do whatever I want with them.

A month ago, I hurt myself weight-lifting, so the past month has been spent taking it easy, going to physical therapy, stretching. I miss the daily hiking and occasional lifting, but this has made me more aware of (and thankful for) my body.

Dating a lot. ☺ People are interesting. So many life lessons from that.

Reflecting a lot. Thinking a lot. Re-prioritizing.

Programming a new system for translators to do their translations directly into my database.

Programming “The Little Schemer” in JavaScript, for the learning experience in both. (If you do this, don’t use my answers. You have to figure them out for yourself!)

Sister and her whole family are in town all month, so spending a lot of time with them, and with my kid, of course, who’s becoming a Lego master.

And as always, talking on the phone with friends, and answering emails that ask my advice.

My main act of public service is answering emails from strangers, so feel free to email me: [email protected]

… but I have to admit I’m really bad at giving advice on big giant questions about life and career, so please keep it succinct or specific.

If my activities or priorities change, I’ll update this page. Last update was October 11 2016.