I thought it might be nice to post my progress so far. I have put some initial shading and light sources in. The colors are still a bit wonky, but those will go away. I'm in the middle of assigning texture to objects, and I think I might have been further if the holidays hadn't been so fantastic and sucked my week up XD
Like I said, the deadline is the 17th, but that still gives me ample time to put finishing touches on it. The good thing is I'm still having fun with it, so I'm interested to see how it evolves. I guess we'll just have to see?