It seems more gorgeous because last night I made more notes for The Moonlight Marriage synopsis, this time oriented toward major plot events (last time I did a lot of character motivation-type notes). I tried to be fairly general, to expose the basic structure, which is what I'll need to get started on the actual synopsis, I think.
One problem is that I'm not sure I want to do the subplot I originally planned. I like it a lot, but in truth it's more its own thing than a subplot, and also the thematic links to the main plot aren't as strong as I would like them to be. (It would have worked better with the themes of The Moonlight Mistress.) So now I'm considering making the subplot a different sort of relationship than a romance. It doesn't need to have erotic scenes or the implication thereof, because the focus of those should be in the main plot. Though I might have a sort of erotic thrum beneath, longing on one side and complete refusal to consider such a thing on the other. Yes, I am speaking of Uncle Rudolf...and now I think the nephew won't actually be his nephew, just the son of someone to whom he was obligated. Because if it was really his nephew, that would be squicky. Besides, making family out of not-family is one of my common themes, anyway.
Blah, blah, blah. The inside of my head is like this all the time.