Welcome, and I know exactly how you feel. That was me about two months ago. I stumbled upon this site in much the same manner while avoiding studying for a test. Over the Christmas break I was finally able to tap into the resources of the Guild, and its been a real thrill to go from 0 cartography (and related software) skills to nearly having a completed map for my campaign in about a few weeks time. I encourage you to stop by the tutorials page and get started (if you don't already have software, check out GIMP).