Tutorials - Yeah, I think I am just really bad at finding sources/tutorials. I didn't think to search the forums (see, I am bad at it!) but that is good advice. I will try that soon.
Authorware - I have used a lot of programs like that before. I like them but in the end I usually am frustrated by the lack of freedom (though I know a lot offer quite a bit of freedom). It's that additional programming ability that I lack. Though I'm very impressed to hear of making a platforming game in RMXP. But yeah, I've made my share of games in all kinds of these programs, from as far back as ZZT.
Books - I don't really know what those books are, but I will try to look into them. I don't have money for books and the library is really stingy about what books it lets you check out.
Take a look at the topic "so you're a programmer", it should have plenty of helpful advice for you.
This is just what I'm asking for! I had no idea such a topic existed nor how to find it. Thanks so much!