You can certainly learn self taught,..i did. I wanted to go college and all that but didnt have the finances, so i thought 'hell' i'll teach myself.
Anything you want to know, ask, im happy to help. Or better still come here.
For scripting, you really should learn the basics first before you starting learning MEL language. But here is a link anyway.
is an awesome site. It has scripts, plugins and allsorts of downloads.
One of the best places to go for tutorials is www.leanringmaya.com.
It has links to just about anything you need.
Last but not least, check out my site www.pixalbeat.com
Something i did, to help other noobs like myself. Understanding Maya is quite difficult, so i tried to post noob tutorials.
any other Q's feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
those who succeed are only the failures that never gave up.