There's a reason, apparently, why the elements of a story put together is called a "plot." In my case, because it's obviously a plot which all my characters have hatched against me. All they are interested in doing is having normal, everyday lives which never seem to coalese into a story. Perhaps this is due to my spending a long period of time writing fiction for a gaming company, where I enjoyed myself tremendously but wrote a couple dozen plots/stories all going on at the same time in the same universe but all over the map, serialized stories which were published in the newsletter on deadline every two weeks for a period of roughly six or seven years. That and years' worth of ElfQuest fiction, plus some additional stuff here and there, and apparently this has had the effect of draining my brain entirely of interesting, coherent plotlines and/or the ability to put them on the page.
I add that last because I think I DO have a plot for a Buffy fic; however, it's crawling along at the rate of about a couple words a week (which for me doesn't spell out writing, since I spend more time re-reading what I wrote so I don't repeat myself a lot). But it HAS a plot, even, and it doesn't seem to suck. So I've sent the first part to Beta readers and have managed to incorporate exactly 1/3rd of the comments received.