I just finished teaching a workshop through HCP here in Houston a few weeks ago, and that would have been ideal. I don't have immediate plans to do any more, but I'd be glad to show you the basics sometime. I live up in Kingwood, and have a good setup for teaching. I definitely recommend a workshop to get you over the newbie 'butterflies'. It is a amazing how just learning something under the tutelage of an experienced person can cut out a lot of messing around and wasted time, money and energy.
I just got back from a weekend learning how to do wet-plate with an expert, and I can tell you that in that particular process, there would be no way I could learn in six months of do-it-yourself what I learned in two days with a master.
PM me and maybe we can set up a few days here and there to get you rolling.