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.

A little help picking a cover?

By Mike Jastrzebski Ever since Christine Kling ran a cover contest last year through 99designs I’ve been thinking about running one myself. Now that Stranded Naked Blues is nearing completion I’ve decided to take the plunge. I chose the Bronze, $299 package … Continue reading

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At war with myself.

By Mike Jastrzebski Both Christine Kling and I have written in the past about the difficulties of writing and living on a boat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but after all, the subtitle of this blog is So you … Continue reading

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Tracking book sales.

By Mike Jastrzebski Thanks to Christine Kling I’ve found a great program that allows me to track my book sales going back to 2009. The program is TrackerBox, and I’ve just finished importing my sales from Amazon KDP, Pubit, Smashwords, and … Continue reading

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Out and about in St. Augustine

By Mike Jastrzebski I haven’t posted in several weeks. Mary works Saturday, Sunday and Monday and those have become my writing days. As a result I’ve been working hard on the rewrites of the new Wes Darling book, Stranded Naked Blues, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

By Mike Jastrzebski Just wanted to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015. Share on Facebook

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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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