Bergy, good start and keep at it! Good to see another Houstonian on here. For what it's worth, I'd stick to just WTG for the first 20 shaves or so, and try holding the razor in your hands until it starts feeling more comfortable. Remember it takes about 100 shaves with a straight to become really good. I'm ~40 shaves in and this number seems about accurate. I have only had about 3 blood free shaves. I'm now looking to make blood free part of my daily experience. Again, welcome sir and stay strong!
Also, cool Gandalf quote in your signature!
"I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is." Forrest Gump