Well, I took the plunge! I decided that it was time that I stopped hippity-hopping all over the known universe and to make a very serious, concentrated effort to polish the fine craft of writing to better my efforts and chances at/for publication. I applied to and was accepted by the Institute of Children's Literature. I have my own personal tutor! Assignment 1 has been submitted and I am doing some of the suggested things that are in the manual while waiting for my tutor's comments, suggestions, etc. I am very excited about this journey. It should take about a year. After that, I should feel more secure in my writing endeavors and should also feel much better prepared to write to submit.
It IS a journey! Title? "Journey to the Center of MY Universe." :-)