Normally I'm a real DIY kind of person - just sit down and go, maybe a little manual reading - but Vue is far too complex an app for me to come to terms with just based on a manual and a personal project.
So, I just invested some money for a HUGE pile of video tutorials on Vue 11 from GeekAtPlay Studios. It covers everything from basic materials, to particles, to landscaping and rendering. Heck, for under $40 it's hard to argue, and it'll save me a lot of hair pulling.
Given it's a 3 day weekend, I hope I can get some serious rendering in, and some composing, and writing too!