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 Stranded Naked Blues now for two years while cruising and working on the boat. I write for a month or so while we sit at anchor somewhere and then I work on the boat a bit and we cruise along for awhile.

Now Mary and I are toying with another idea. We’ve decided to sit at a mooring ball in St. Augustine until I can publish Stranded Naked Blues. I believe this will take about two months to complete.

The thing is I’d like to get another book finished too. I am about half way through the first book of a fantasy series and have some work done on the second book of the series.

So we are seriously considering sitting here for a year so that I can complete those two books. There’s a part of me that is dying to keep heading south to the Bahamas and the Caribbean this year, but I know that if we do that the best case scenario would be for me to finish Stranded Naked Blues and maybe complete a first draft of the first fantasy book. I really want to do more writing this next year.

We were going to go to Titusville to complete Stranded Naked Blues but we’ve found that between bus service and inexpensive taxies we can do without a car in St. Augustine, especially if we get a couple of cheap bikes.

The final decision on how long we stay here will depend on how the next two months go. If I can get seriously into the writing and we enjoy living in St. Augustine we may just spend the next year here.

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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 Writing vs. cruising

  1. gerald dowling says:

    Hay Mike, thinking back to those composition books I filled while afloat between Key West and someplace else. My cursive writing seemed to curve til almost laying flat. Now maybe I can pick out a few words but not many. So, I do agree with you, and maybe down by the Bridge of Lions you can finish Stranded Naked blues.

  2. I certainly hope so, Gerald.

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