Author Archives: Mike Jastrzebski

About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.

Movin’ on up.

By Mike Jastrzebski This week we moved up from ball #32 to ball #1 in the St. Augustine south mooring field. Not only does this mean that our dinghy ride from the boat to the dinghy dock only takes us … Continue reading

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Conflict

By Mike Jastrzebski It’s true that a good book needs conflict, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. I’m talking about the conflict that arises from trying to write and living the cruising lifestyle. As an example. Saturday I … Continue reading

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Cruising through the holidays

By Mike Jastrzebski St. Augustine Nights of Lights. The holidays are a favorite time of mine for cruising. Maybe it’s because eleven years ago on Thanksgiving day when we were new to cruising and making our way down the Tenn-Tom waterway from … Continue reading

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Almost lost our mooring ball!

By Mike Jastrzebski Not as in the dangerous, we could have lost our boat way, but more like a I should have thought things out and planned accordingly way. As of today we have been in St. Augustine for a … Continue reading

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It’s writing time again.

By Mike Jastrzebski We’ve been in the mooring field here in St. Augustine for a little over three weeks and we’ve fallen into a routine that allows me to write on the days Mary works (3 days a week), and … Continue reading

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Ghost walking in St. Augustine.

By Mike Jastrzebski One of the nice things about being in St. Augustine is the cruisers’ net. Along with broadcasting weather and boating information every morning at 9 a.m., the people who broadcast the net do a good job of … Continue reading

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St. Augustine

By Mike Jastrzebski We’ve been in St. Augustine for nearly two weeks now and I have to admit that it’s a pleasant place. As much as we would like to head south, we’ve decided to stay here for awhile. The … Continue reading

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Writing vs. cruising

By Mike Jastrzebski I know I’m not the only writer/cruiser that has this problem, but I have a hard time writing and cruising. Most of my books have been written while we were at the dock. I’ve been working on … Continue reading

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Traveling again

By Mike Jastrzebski We’re leaving Charleston Saturday the 11th and do not expect to reach St. Augustine until late afternoon on Monday the 13th so I will not be posting much of a blog this week. It’s been hectic since … Continue reading

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Bedtime shorts

By Mike Jastrzebski Just arrived in Charleston, S.C. from Beaufort, N.C. (1:00 PM Monday) No internet for 7 days. Sailed through 20-25 knot winds and rain. Slept 2 nights in the cockpit sitting on cockpit chairs while waves and rain … Continue reading

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