I have now reached the level of Alexander the Great*, except instead of boiling blood, it's work, with not much of an end in sight.
But I wanted to point you to an incredibly generous evaluation of some of my work by Steve Tompkins at The Cimmerian. It's on the piece that I wrote for Allan Turner's The Silmarillion: 30 Years On,and which I thought at the time was far too personal for scholarship (it also includes my first published drawing, a linoleum block carving I made of Angband when I was nine years old).
As I said, Tompkins is incredibly generous about the work, so I thought I would give a pointer to it so other readers can see what they think.
*Dante reference. Alexander the Great is forced to stand in boiling blood so that only his eyebrows show. Next year's teaching includes the Tolkien class, Chaucer, and the medieval lit class that includes Dante and Egil's Saga. Should be a great year. Also a new extension to the Math/Science Fiction class, Logic and Language (done as an unpaid overload: what was I thinking? But it will be fun and my co-professor and I will probably get a book out of it).