My first ever tig weld, if you can call it that...

I'd like some tips on where to start. This is actually not my first, but the best ( ) of my first attempts.

The material is 3/8" flat bar mild steel.

It seems like I'm having to roll the control up high before I get any sort of puddle, but as you can see it also melted my cup/tungsten... what am I doing wrong? I have the Dynasty at 200A. I had it at 120 and I didn't seem to be getting anywhere.


PS - yes, I am trying to teach myself (at least myself and the internet). Yes, I am sure a better way would be to take a course at a community college. I work a lot and that isn't really an option.