Finally got all my gear working properly last night. Picked up a lightmeter and found that it's super accurate - dropping 1 stop on my light shows up as 1 stop on the meter which shows as 1 stop on the camera. Also takes all the guesswork out of metering which helps speed things up bigtime.
Using a 60" Softliter. Found that with the diffuser on, the light is super soft and even. With the diffuser off, the light is more dynamic but shadows are harsher. Also found that the closer the light is, the better. Modeling lamp really helps with trying to figure out where everything's gonna end up. Really gives off some beautiful catchlights.
Shooting tethered with a sync cord for now. I wasn't getting consistent results trying to fire the strobe with my built-in flash. Plus this way, my D70 battery should last a lot longer.
So much to learn with lighting. This is gonna be seriously fun.