Greetings!!! Gotta love DIY b&w - i'm a n00b with it as well, but it's great fun. Film photography has that extra "something" to it - sorta like reading an actual, physical in-print book (contrasted with an electonic/e-book).
Oh yeah, i'm from West Michigan also though currently in snowy Sarajevo, Bosnia.
dhek - where are you from? I'm 'based' out of Spring Lake.