Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the feedback. I am getting my wobbly writing legs going here and one day I will write my first mediocre book.
I read from another blogger who does gets published that I need to write my first bad book, then put it down for a while, come back and rewrite and edit about ten times before showing it to anyone... then show it and listen to the critique: learn from it. Then write a better second book.
Now, I just am pondering, brain-storming, making notes, writing blogs, and as soon as I clean out my classroom I will begin in earnest to search for a story that is waiting to be told.