How would I go about that?

I haven't written in a long time, and I miss it. I've attempted the whole book-writing thing but it's not for me (not to say I don't love books! I just don't enjoy writing them). But short stories are my thing, and I thoroughly enjoy creating them.

So I was wondering if anyone had some input here. I'm tossing around the idea of compiling a bunch of stories and maybe even getting them published (or attempting to). I'm not expecting to get rich off of this or anything, it's just something that would be kind of awesome.

Have any of you had any books/stories published? If so, how did you go about doing so? Am I crazy for even entertaining the thought?