I've got everything working pretty well, with only a few nagging problems. The biggest is the screen corrupting of vim when running through tmux. The problem is there with screen also. If I use vim outside of tmux or screen, it works fine. Inside of tmux or screen? Problems. :-( Maybe it's a sign to not multitask when writing?
I've grown accustomed to using multiple programs at the command line, if I can't get vim to work, I guess I can use something like nano.
Ok, I switched to nano, and am using it within tmux. So far, so good, although I'm already missing the spell check as I type which I had set up in vim.
This will work for now.