So... what have I been doing. I've been doing a lot of recruiting for Hero of Allacrost actually. Found a couple of awesome artists, right now trying to find a good programmer who knows Lua to help out with data/scripting engine.
I've also been reading more of ShaderX, but reading that is like trudging through mud for me, compared to reading most other books. The first part of it is just basic fluffy intro to shaders, but once it gets to the explanations of each technique, the material becomes pretty dense, and sometimes everything isn't explained in as much detail as I'd like. Hopefully as I do it more it'll get easier.
Oh yeah... I also ordered ShaderX 2 and GPU Gems 2 online for $4.90 each. (!!!) There were also a couple of other books that the same seller was offering for that price, but when I ordered them I got an e-mail saying they were all sold out. (d'oh)