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Okay. I've reached a point where I shatter under stress. So as a matter of survival, I need defences against stress. And one stress-defence is happy-making things.

So, please, peoples, can you give me recs? Recs for fic, recs for music, recs for novels. Ones which are uplifting, happy, cheering. Maybe even fluffy.


Date: 2014-05-10 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Original fluff: Hart's Farm

Fanfic fluff: Love Is For Children

Date: 2014-05-10 11:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vilakins
Have you read Alexander McCall Smith's No. Ladies' Detective Agency books? They're light and an engaging look at a different culture, and the main characters are charming and lovable and full of goodness. You need to read them in order though as Precious Ramtotswe's life situation gradually changes.

Date: 2014-05-10 03:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
I have just chewed through 'Thresholds' by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - cheery YA novel. No idea where it is readily available, as I bought my copy online.

As for fic - are there tropes that make you happy? I'm a sucker for accidental dating, animal transformation, and soulbond fics, so I have lots of these bookmarked. Of those, I have a couple of animal transformation ones that I would definitely rec, but would have to find the links for. However, they are crack, through and through. Also, RPF, so I would want to know that you would be comfortable with that too.

Editing to add - my current happy making music is They Might Be Giants 'Here Comes Science' album. In particular, I keep finding myself singing the one that starts "A Meteor is not a star, is not a star at all..." .
Edited Date: 2014-05-10 03:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-05-12 04:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Hmm. Will have to see if I have any cheerful non-RPF soulbond fic marked.

Thing to note with Thresholds, which I forgot - is book one. I have not sourced book 2, but there are many many issues set up in book one that could be followed up on, so I have great hope. It does work well as a stand alone, other than a thirst to know What Else?

And on humorous music - my eldest likes Bernard Bolan's 'An Eclectic Collection', which is about half and half outright funny/somewhat melancholy serious (songs about getting old, and so on. They don't hit my 'that's distressing and stressful' response, but selective listening might be the go. I recommend 'Basingstoke' as a good example of the humour).

Date: 2014-05-12 05:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Apparently I don't book mark cheery fics much :(

However, there is one fabulous series at that I love - Avengers movies, where Captain America gets rescued by a woman in a superman outfit, who tells him to call her Kal-El. Bashful/wholesome Steve, surprise!superhero.

Date: 2014-05-10 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
[personal profile] communicator has just reminded me of The Young Visiters, written by Daisy Ashford, a nine-year-old Victorian. If you don't know it, it seems to be available via Gutenberg. Actually, now I think about it, the storyline has tragic elements, but those of us who love it still end up feeling quite cheerful.

Date: 2014-05-11 01:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
Oh, and have you watched Space Girl recently? That always makes me feel happy.

Date: 2014-05-10 08:06 am (UTC)
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For fluffy music, I can't beat Mika. I have his "Life in Cartoon Motion" in my music list, and have actually used it to cheer up someone else in the doldrums.

Some of his stuff can be a bit more serious, but usually it's bouncy.

Otherwise, I can recommend afternoon tea at Brunetti's. You free any day this week?

Date: 2014-05-11 05:14 am (UTC)
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love today! my super happy happy song, lol. :D

Date: 2014-05-10 08:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, and thank you - you've just given me the closure I needed for a certain ... ahem ... piece of writing I was stuck on. I'll explain later.

Date: 2014-05-10 08:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm always up for a bit of fic reccing. Do you have any preference? I could probably dig up something for just about any Sherlock Holmes character, and quite a bit in the Tolkien fandom.

In the mean time, enjoy the Helsinki complaints choir. They always make me smile.

Date: 2014-05-10 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd almost forgotten I bookmarked this: Friendship is Love with Understanding:


Apparently, "fluffy happy things" means Amy/Rory to me these days; these are some of my favorite vids.

"Olive You:

"You Told the Drunks I Knew Karate"

"Read My Mind"

And my favorite DW fic of all time, "Don't Rain on My Parade":

More later (especially fic) if I think of them....

Date: 2014-05-11 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've recently found these, where someone has uploaded clips from Murphy Brown - the crazy temp secretaries that were a running joke. Made me laugh like anything, maybe they'll give you a giggle?

There's also this Lego Lord of the Rings musicvid

Date: 2014-05-13 09:43 am (UTC)
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That's what I thought when I found it...

Date: 2014-05-12 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dear. I hope your stress lets up soon! In the meantime, recs.


Redshirts by John Scalzi is silly but thoughtful and full of geeky inside jokes.


"You'll Be Bright," Doctor Who. Rose, Martha, Donna, and Amy go on journeys and are fantastic. This always reminds me why I love this show.

"I Love the World," Doctor Who. Oodles of RTD-era characters (plus a few bits of Torchwood) set to a song (originally from a Discovery Channel ad) about what a brilliant place the world is.

A collection of attractive men from Regency-era dramas set to "It's Raining Men":


First, do you have any interest in Avengers/Marvel Cinematic Universe fic? Because that fandom has been my happy place lately.

I see in the other comments that you are open to Sherlock fic if it doesn't reference recent episodes. I recommend the wonderfully goofy Road Trip series ( by stupid_drawings. Sherlock, John, and Lestrade on long road trips. Hijinks ensue.

Marian Call (self-professed geek and singer of folky pop) has a lot of happy-making songs. Examples include "Good Morning Moon"

and "I'll Still Be a Geek After No One Thinks It's Chic (The Nerd Anthem)"

Vienna Teng's "Level Up" is wonderfully inspirational.


Orlando Bloom sings along to "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard".


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