Straitjackets Magazine is an online literary magazine created by the Diamond Valley Writers' Guild in the San Jacinto Valley. Named after Valley icon Raymond “Rusty” Strait, the magazine is published three times a year by Publisher Ellyn Wolfe, Managing Editor Cheryl McGuire, and Editors JoLynne Buehring and Judie Maré.
Cover art by Vicki Hitt.
Straitjackets is a revival of an online magazine that had lain fallow for a few years, but rose up again as a literary venue for members of the newly formed Diamond Valley Writers’ Guild.
Creating literature is an art form, a gift from the heart via the pen from one person to another. Before you read someone’s work, take a look at their photo and the short biography that accompanies their story or poem. Try to imagine them sitting at their computer, taking a random idea that floats into their head out of absolutely nowhere, or perhaps it’s an idea that germinated from something they experienced or observed at some point in their lives that had meaning to them. They ruminate on the idea, and if they are like me, they wake up in the morning with a sentence in their head that niggles at them until it makes its way onto paper. They write the sentence, but stop to rearrange the words or to find a different word, a better word, that makes that sentence sing, a sentence that grabs you and pulls you right into the story. Try to appreciate how the writer creates more and more sentences, struggling with some, flowing with others. Sentences that become paragraphs, paragraphs that create scenes, which eventually emerge into a terrific story that gets published in Straitjackets Magazine.