hi everyone. I just wanted to say thank you very much for your thoughtful and encouraging responses to my “Shoebox” essay in the latest P & W (the one with Chris Ware’s artwork on the cover.) I guess I hit a nerve with this one? Anyways, I hope you continue to soldier on with your projects. There is every reason not to continue with your books and your stories — every reason except for the fact that you want to write them, which is reason enough to keep plugging away as far as I’m concerned. And if you think a home-made desk-bound artifact will help keep you on task, you might consider making one for yourself. Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy to get the job done so get out those glue sticks and those cardboard boxes and shipping containers right now. By the way, there wasn’t quite enough space in the article to list a few extra ingredients in my shoebox man recreation. I also used a generic knock-off version of Fun-Tak Reusable Adhesive, a swatch of discarded wallpaper and a bit of foam rubber for texture.