The Cold War isn't thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn't sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.
If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.
I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
As an engineer I'm constantly spotting problems and plotting how to solve them.
I love intricate plotting and exciting twists, but I realize more that people enjoy a good story in a simple, focused way.