After struggleing with hammer level creator I began to lose heart (and interest) in level design. After not doing anything productive in level editor the entire month I worked with it. I had decided to change from level design to programming.
I got a Beginning programming with c++ for dummies from my local library and downloaded Code::Block, and I'm proud to say that I've created a program that converts Celsius into fahrenheit!
Ok, I know that that's not the most amazing thing ever or relativly close to anything game-related. But hey, baby steps.