I have to give you the update: the aftermath of the Cuesta College Writer's Conference! I was thoroughly encouraged and stimulated to hone my craft. The criticism was also there. Writing with the intention of getting published is not for the faint of heart. Writing in my journal is easy. Writing a nonfiction book proposal is a bit more intimidating!
At the Conference, I had the good luck to attend Stephen Blake Mettee's seminar "How to Publish Non-fiction" which was really an hour and half long soapbox hard sell for his brilliant book How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal. I promptly went to the bookstore and bought it.
Also, have secured a writing crtique group--partner, rather--with the intent on serious writing and serious constructive feedback. All of this is TOP SECRET, of course! I can't tell you what I'm writing, who I'm writing with, or when I'll ever be done. But, I can tell you that it doesn't have anything to do with sailing!