There is a new slim Scribes ebuild in my overlay and also on the gentoo bugtracker.
I've killed lots of dependencies, namely the whole gnome-desktop dependency, and the ebuild is pulling only into the really needed packages now.
For all who were afraid of using it because of the ~70+ packages which had to be emerged for it.. this is your chance. Get your hands on the simple, slim and sleek, yet powerful editor Scribes.
Oh, just to mention it.. I really don't know if scribes will work for you with those less dependencies. It does it for me, so just give it a try ^^
Home of Scribes
Bugreport on gentoo bugtracker