This whole plotting exercise is telling me how little I understand about the craft of creating stories. I wrote my books based on my gut feeling, but now that I want to think about HOW to write them, I have to learn everything all over again. For example, the character motivations, the morality of the story, how to keep suspense going WITHOUT dropping in obvious deux ex machina moments, etc, etc, etc.
Wish me patience. I shall conquer this beast. I shall. I SHALL TAME IT.