Thanks reapermum for reassuring me that I am not losing my mind when some of the characters seem to be taking on a life of their own, and just refuse to cooperate when I'm trying to write.
I'm finally making progress on story three again, though I'm still having some problems. Namely, I'm going to have to make some adjustments to story four (which is about 75% finished) because story three is getting larger than expected.
I want to thank all the people who have offered to help beta story one.
I am looking for someone to beta story two, if someone has time.