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Title: The Kudou Files, File Thirteen: Hide and Seek
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 960
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Aoyama created this enormous cast of characters. I just mess with them.
Notes: First Kudou Files update in five years! Formerly classified scenes from the married life of Kudou Ran and Shin'ichi. manycases1truth: #13 - Lending a Helping Hand

Shiho's lab became an unusual hiding spot.Collapse )

Kiss #14: Last Goodbye

Title: Last Goodbye
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 2182
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not even Aoyama’s this sadistic. My deepest apologies.
Spoilers: Reference to Files 535-537
Pairing: Kudou Shin’ichi/Edogawa Conan and Mouri Ran
Notes: 30 Kisses: #17 – kHz (kilohertz); manycases1truth: #65 - Death

Their dream passed away; their voices disconnected.Collapse )

Secret Rivalry - Omake

Title: Morsel
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 409
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Detective Conan belongs to two separate, but equally important entities: Aoyama Gosho and his publishers.
Characters: Suzuki Sonoko and Mouri Ran
Notes: Secret Rivalry - Omake #1 

Sonoko was hungry for details.Collapse )


Title: Word on the Street
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 231
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: These are Aoyama’s characters. Dong dong!
Characters: Toyama Kazuha, Mouri Ran, Suzuki Sonoko and Miyano Shiho
Notes: Secret Rivalry - Omake #2 

Shiho wondered why she was pegged as the “other woman”. Again.Collapse )

Kiss #13: Secret Rivalry

Title: Secret Rivalry
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 2350
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Aoyama-sensei, we salute you!
Characters: Mouri Ran, Suzuki Sonoko, Miyano Shiho, and Kudou Shin’ichi
Notes: 30 Kisses: #16 - invincible; unrivaled; manycases1truth: #2 - Rivals

Ran paused at Shiho’s door, facing a confrontation unlike any karate tournament.Collapse )


Title: Resolve
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 1705
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Aoyama's the conductor on this mystery train.
Spoilers: OVA 9 - The Stranger in 10 Years
Characters/Pairings: Edogawa Conan/Mouri Ran, Haibara Ai
Notes: An alternate ending to OVA 9.

They were getting a little old for Hide and Seek.Collapse )

Facebook vs. LiveJournal

I've noticed part of what keeps me from LJ is I don't have much to say in blog format.  Brief status updates are another story.  It's also much easier to scope out FB friends' status updates than to scour their LJ posts.

Does anyone else feel Facebook drags them away from LiveJournal?


Yay, Snacks!

Ignoring how it's been forever since I've posted here, I have to share about my office's vending machine.  For as long as I can remember, it's been stocked with nothing but the junkiest junk food (except for trail mix, which is still high calorie).  But today, when I finally sucked it up and went for a nosh, I found--oh my!

Nestled beside a Snickers was a Fiber One Oats and Chocolate chewy bar.  My favorite healthy snack in the whole wide world!

And, lo, there was much rejoicing.


Icon Meme! (Ganked from poodilywoots)

Thanks to poodilywoots ' lularious post, five of my icons are explained just for you!:


This Ace Attorney icon, made by lunargullicons , sent me into giggle fits. While I knew Payne, a lame lawyer in the series, was obsessed with his hair, it was altogether something new to see him grow out what's left and swish his fingers through it. Worse than a comb over!


akoi_cons made this Detective Conan icon out of a Suspect of the Day. Because the author has a limited drawing style, this guy, well--resembles a finger. I just think it's funny a fan came out and said it.


Made by animeshen , this pokes fun at the writing-based powers of a Princess Tutu character, Fakir. If he wrote badfic--or worse, lemons--the universe would implode. When normal folks write badfic, it just makes my head implode.


From made_by_kali , the extraordinary PGSM icon maker. I love Usagi's expression here. In canon, it's when she first learns her super-duper-uber-idol is Sailor Venus, but it works whenever I need a good "???".


This comes from my badfic_quotes spork (in bold) of a particularly crappy Detective Conan fic:

"Ai's emo over losing Conan to Ran and plans to get out of Dodge, a.k.a. Beika. Little does she know that Conan's date turned him into a love machine!

'I know it's a crime to love 2 persons okay! That's the only crime a young detective can do…It's from the law of love.'

Actually, refusal to stop in the name of love is a moving violation."

electricfool took this quote and made a nifty icon out of it. I'm eternally grateful. ♥ Feel free to swipe the meme and share the icon love!


As a current job-hunter with an English BA, this topic on Helium.com jumped out at me.

The biggest challenge facing those of us with a BA in English isn't the lack of direct marketability so much as our lack of proactivity.  To that, I plead guilty.  (Of course, the closed-mindedness of many employers, fellow graduates, and society in general makes the challenge tougher.)  I still have little clue what profession I want.

But we who completed a degree in English and loved it knew we were best suited for the degree, even if we felt unequipped for the working world beyond it. This tells me, despite our many complaints, that earning our BA in English was the right decision.

The question remains: "Now what?"

The best solution to the marketability issue is not necessarily to do what's expected of us and go back for a Master's, teach, throw ourselves blindly into the cutthroat competition of publishing, or shrug and assume we'll never get to do what we really want to do, whatever that is.  It's to use our skills and insight gained through our English studies, which we knowingly pursued for its fit, to discern what kind of work we do want--and to go for it.

After some thought, I boiled down a career strategy into three key areas.

Self-knowledgeCollapse )

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Action PlanCollapse )

Ideally, we should choose our career field and desired profession while in college so we can focus our internships and/or volunteer experiences in that direction.  Speaking for myself, however, career discernment can go hand in hand with the processes of growth, healing, and self-discovery.  Try as we might, we can't rush that process.

Fortunately, some internships exist for recent college graduates, and volunteer possibilities are endless.  We can also plan for getting our foot in the door of a certain company and working our way up.  We just need to determine our goal, do the research, ask for help/support, follow through, and pay it forward.

We of all people should be ready, willing, and able to think outside the box.  The key to our futures is squarely in our hands because we're not confined by a job title, but that also means our work is cut out for us.  Let's rise to the challenge and show the world what English grads are made of.


Fishing for Work...and Inner Peace

Had a bit of an insight today:

Job hunting is a lot like fishing.  We can learn how fish behave, use our best lures, stay on that lake from dawn till dusk, and still catch nothing--that day.  We keep learning, improving, and persevering, bearing in mind that we can't force the fish.

Granted, I've never caught a single fish in my life, but that's the way my job search is feeling right now!  LOL