I also found serenity practising macro and close-up photography this past week. I'm hoping to take a macro workshop by Tiffany Kelly some time in the future to learn more about this subject. Workshops are great and I love the fact that you can work away at your own pace and in your own spare time.
Below are a few samples of my latest macro images (with subtle textures added). They were inspired after reading a book called "Insights from the Creative Path" by Robert Rodriguez Jr. The book is not a technical "how to" type of book; rather the author shares personal lessons he's learnt over the years as a landscape and nature photographer. He includes lots of useful thoughts and gems which encourage you to dig deep and discover your own passion and personal vision as a photographer. I seriously love this book!