Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

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

Updated July 17th, 2024, from Uruguay.

Useful Not True” is done

If you want advance access to my next book, buy “Useful Not True” now at

I’ve been working on this almost full-time for two years, and I’m super-happy with it. I made some final improvements this week, did the page layout yesterday, and loaded the sentences into the database for translation.

While working on this book for the last two years, I’ve been putting off so many things, because I really prefer to see one through to completion before starting another. So what’s next?

Missing programming

I’m yearning to do some programming. I’ve been reading about Janet, Go, and Elixir, missing being in that zone.

cuddly pet rats

I would never have predicted this, but my boy heard from a friend that rats are wonderful pets, so a few weeks ago we got two twin boy rats. They just want to cuddle and sleep all the time. They’re so sweet, never bite, and don’t even smell. They poop in a litter box! See this video for an example of what rats are like as pets.

I take them with me on my daily hour-long walk in the forest. They sit on my shoulders, in my hood, and in my pockets. See photo, below, or click it for high-res.


socializing in South America

I’m in my final days of a two-week trip around South America, just meeting with people. I was in Buenos Aires this morning. Montevideo today. Santiago in two days. Then back to New Zealand.