I just started a little project to make my life easier when starting little projects. It's called quickproject and it creates the skeleton of a project for me. Here's an example of how I might use it:
* (quickproject:make-project "~/src/sitescraper/" :depends-on '(drakma cxml cl-ppcre)) #p"/Users/xach/src/sitescraper/"
That function call creates a bunch of files with the appropriate contents:
- README.txt has a note to write more about the project
- sitescraper.asd defines the system and includes whatever :depends-on bits I passed to make-project
- package.lisp defines a package named "SITESCRAPER"
- sitescraper.lisp has the beginning of my project. Hacks and glory await!
It also extends the ASDF registry so I can immediately use (asdf:load-system 'sitescraper) to get started.
There are other projects that do similar things, like clbuild's make-project command. This is my take on the idea. (I haven't made a proper release for it, yet, sorry, so you'll have to get it from git.)