Every war has soldiers who get sick of the fighting and just plain go AWOL. Changing sides and betraying your country can be great fodder for drama, as can the reaction of the folks back home.
I've often heard that, to succeed, you need to visualize success. But I don't do that. Rather, I visualize failure. And then I do everything in my power to avert and avoid catastrophe.
When I first started to write The Obolonk Murders, I had no plan and no idea it would turn into three books. At this point, I knew I really needed to finish up already. One thing Untrustworthy has proven, over and over again, is the value of an outline.
In the meantime, the best thing about the Obolonks is the world building. It is potentially the best-built world I have ever created. Hence the sequels. There's plenty of room in this universe.
So currently, my intention, for this year’s NaNoWriMo, is that I am writing the third novel in the Time Addicts/Obolonks universe. But I need to iron out the plot! So a lot of this year has been spent on that. I am calling this one Time Addicts – Everything is Up for Grabs.
When we finally get a signal from SETI, it's from the Callade. And they are so friendly we let our collective guard down quickly. And that's when things start to go downhill. Fast.