I didn't know writers could afford to go on vacation. They must have husbands at home who work regular jobs. I haven't had anything that might count as a vacation in, what, 23 years, and even that was used for surgery. We went to Vienna and Salzburg in 2005, but I'd never count that as a vacation—we worked 15-18 hour days. Nope. I don't know any writers, personally, who can take vacations unless they have a spouse who has a day job. Anaïs Nin certainly had that luxury; her husband was a banker. That would do it.