Hehe! That's a plendiferous story, good Cookie Lover.
I do know the feeling of being possessed by one's own stories. For a while there, I might think I'm in control... right up until my characters start dictating their own stories. But it's when they start trying to talk to you when you're not writing that you have to worry. My most recent experience was probably a year or so ago, when I was sitting in a cinema, watching the trailers before the movie started. All of a sudden, one of the major characters from my WIP, The Black Fiddle of Barnet
, popped into my head and decided to write me a poem. I think he was feeling left out, because he'd become separated from the main character in the story and the narrative was following her, rather than him. He must have been worried I'd forget about him, so he decided to remind me that he was still out there, feeling sort of lost and confused.
At the moment, I have the closing image of story in my head. I'm always more excited to have a closing image than a starting one, because my stories work best when I know where I'm heading. The only trouble I'm having is working out where the story actually starts
Good Justine - did you ever manage to get over your writer's block?