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.

What I hate about cruising.

By Mike Jastrzebski Sorry to say it but it’s true, cruising is not all about island hopping and cocktails in the cockpit. Most of the time cruising is fun and exciting, but what I hate about it can be described … Continue reading

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The sunsets of our life

By Mike Jastrzebski Our cruising life that is. On September 2nd Mary and I celebrated our eleven year anniversary of living aboard Rough Draft and I thought I would post some of the nicer sunsets we’ve experienced while traveling over those … Continue reading

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Ah that smell!

By Mike Jastrzebski I have to admit that on occasion I miss the smell of paper books. Don’t get me wrong, I do all of my reading on my Kindle. In fact I’ve had a Kindle since the Kindle 1 … Continue reading

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Sittin’ and contemplatin’

By Mike Jastrzebski It’s a beautiful morning here in Deltaville. 75 degrees, partly sunny, a little breeze and the boat’s gently rocking, and I’m just sitting in the cockpit, drinking coffee, and contemplating about what to write. I’m not talking … Continue reading

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Up a creek and loving it

By Mike Jastrzebski Right now we’re anchored on Jackson Creek across from the Deltaville Marina in Deltaville, VA. It’s a quiet anchorage, especially during the week, and is very well protected on three sides. But it gets a bit lumpy … Continue reading

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A few thoughts about Active Captain

By Mike Jastrzebski Now that we’ve reached the Chesapeake and are anchored in Deltaville, Virginia, I’ve had a little time to reflect on our trip up the intracoastal. Besides our chart plotter, VHF radio, and autopilot, I would have to … Continue reading

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Heading on up

By Mike Jastrzebski Just a short post today. We left Beaufort on Thursday heading north along the intracoastal waterway and are currently 130 miles from Norfolk. When we left the weather was beautiful and we were even able to sail … Continue reading

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Sometimes I hear voices.

By Mike Jastrzebski We were offshore headed from Charleston, SC to Beaufort, NC when I heard someone calling. Not calling for me specifically, but just a call out from across the water. An unknown voice searching for an unknown response. … Continue reading

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Getting the itch.

By Mike Jastrzebski The itch to write that is. Lately I’ve been missing the challenge of writing and I think I’m about ready to sit down at the old computer again. I have a first draft of the next Wes … Continue reading

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Shit happens

By Mike Jastrzebski When we left St. Augustine our plan was to go straight to Southport, NC. This would take us substantially offshore and allow us to give our new standing rigging and our sailing skills a little workout. After … Continue reading

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