The year of the boat.

By Mike Jastrzebski

It’s actually been the decade of the boat, since we moved aboard in September of 2003, but this year we’ve spent all of our spare time working on the boat.

The first half of the year we spent getting the boat ready to travel to the Abacos. There was no time for writing, not much time for socializing, hell, not much time for each other. I had hoped that we could then go to the Bahamas, test out the boat, and spend a little time working on the next Wes Darling book. The writing just didn’t happen.

Once we reached Cape Canaveral I thought we would kick back, relax a little, and I would write throughout the summer. Silly me. It was more work on the boat. Each day closer that we get to our departure, the workload gets heavier.  Fortunately that departure is less than a month away. If all goes well we plan to spend Christmas, or at least New Years Eve, in the Bahamas.

What does this all mean? It means that 2013 will be the year of the next book. I’m looking forward to anchoring out behind a few uninhabited islands, hunkering down in front of the computer, and pounding out the first draft of Stranded Naked Blues, a Wes Darling Mystery.

I’ll admit, there is a part of me that wants to sit back and wander for the next couple of years. The problem with that is I didn’t get a new book out this year and I’m determined that the next book will be out before the end of next year.

But enough of this writing stuff. After all, this is the year of the boat and it’s nearly 8:00 a.m., time to get back to work on the boat.

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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.
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2 Responses to The year of the boat.

  1. Barb says:

    ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds just exactly right! With your sense of humor I see I am going to have to look some of your stuff over and see if I add it to Christine’s.

  2. Mike jastrzebski says:

    Thanks, Barb. I hope you’ll give my books a try, just don’t tell Chris. She may expect a commission.

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