Yeah, I tried to stop modding a few times but I just keep coming back, there are a time where I was able to stop for almost a few months but suddenly I found myself modding again. Anyway, nice to see you back old friend. How are you?
Well, I only know about Milkshape and I haven't touched a beginner tut for a long time. I'm sure I followed some that were linked on its website and that got me going.
I guess my only transferrable recommendation would be to go in with a fairly concrete idea of what you actually want to make. Even if it's a few terrible doodles, if you don't have some kind of vision of an object, you'll just pootle around and get nowhere.