Got a light table the other day and I'm starting to work on stuff for my capstone. I opened up Blair's book and started to copy a pose -- it took forever but I like it.
After doing this I re-stumbled upon John K's Cartoon College posts and spent about two and a half hours reading random blog posts. It's some really inspiring stuff (http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/).
I'm on lesson one right now and I'm copying heads -- also a big pain in the dick. Practice is practice, though.