Don't worry, you're probably already more skilled than the majority of people in Pokemon hacking community (a lot of people don't even know anything about pointers!). Out of curiosity, what base-ROM are you using, RBY or GSC?
Eh, Wood is progressing really slowly (I also found a glitch, yesterday). I might think to add the newer pokemons only in a later version (I mean to release a first beta with only the usual pokedex/mon) because expanding all the datas (cries, base stats, evos, movesets, expanding moves to add new ones, etc.) is really a pain and will take a lot if time. It's still in progress, nonetheless.
I studied some Japanese in college and I lived in Japan for a year. Um... a good story is... when I first arrived in Japan the customs people thought I was trying to smuggle drugs or something so they went through all my things, body searched me, and I almost missed my connecting flight. It wasn't very pleasant at the time.