Ask @HannahMegill:

What would you say is the best thing to come out of your 2014 Movie Challenge?

Jandy Hardesty
Oh, that's a tough one! There are two possibilities.
1) I've gotten to see some good movies I never would have watched on my own. Shaolin Soccer, Killing Season, Lucky Number Slevin, Summer Wars, The Boondock Saints and The Last Unicorn are all movies I'd never have checked out if I was just choosing movies I wanted to see -- but I ended up liking them all and being very glad I watched them. That was part of the idea behind doing this challenge in the first place.
2) I've made some new connections with people. I didn't really anticipate this, but it's interesting how much you can learn about someone from their movie preferences. I found out I shouldn't trust some people's movie recommendations because they are NOT like mine, haha, but more often people's choices made me think, "Whoa... I should definitely talk about movies with them more often." A lot of the people who jumped into this challenge were people I really don't know that well or talk to that often, and this was a way to get to know them better. That's been very cool.

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What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?

I don't tend to be scared by movies long term. Frankly, the only thing that's stuck with me and scared me long after I watched it was the couple different Slender Man-based web series. (Marble Hornets for sure, and the first several episodes I watched of Tribe Twelve before I got so completely freaked out I had to stop watching.)
But none of those are actually movies. So let's go with... Blair Witch Project, just because I remember being pretty creeped out while I was watching it.

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What’s your favorite way to procrastinate online? (Other than allowing other people to procrastinate by asking you loads of really random questions and giving them hilarious answers back ;-), thanks for that by the way.)

Oh, no problem, no problem. I'm all about the random questions.
This question has taken me like 15 minutes to answer because I keep procrastinating. What did I do in that time? Flickchart. Facebook. Google Reader. SongPop. Mostly those four. They're all kind of addictive. And I have an endless supply of blogs to read in Google Reader.

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What is your zombie survival plan?

Oh, if the zombies attack, I'm just dead. No doubt about it. I'm out of shape AND have rheumatoid arthritis AND panic easily. I might be able to hide for awhile, but even that would probably only last so long, and if I had to be chased by them, I'm a goner. My only real hope that the non-zombies around me have a vested interest in protecting me for some reason.

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Why can't I ever find true happiness and love?

All right. Whoever asked this may have meant this partly in kind of a jokey way, but I want to take the opportunity to share a real thought or two.
First of all, equating happiness with romantic love closes us off to a LOT of opportunities for happiness.
Secondly, because of that, I want to stress that family and friendship love can be just as legitimate in bringing happiness. Take advantage of that. The reasons you haven't found romantic love may be varied and complicated, but if you're having trouble finding love from friends or family, if you genuinely do not feel *loved* by anyone around you, then I would definitely advise you to seek out some good, true friendships. If you're not sure where to start, then, heck, seek out mine. When I'm friends with someone I love them deeply and I love them forever. I just don't always initiate friendships because, like many people, I don't trust that I am worth getting to know. But I guarantee you that I think *you* are worth getting to know, and if you need a friend, I am good at that.
Thirdly, I think this whole idea of "true" happiness as sort of a happily ever after state where we're never sad again just isn't consistent with how life works, unfortunately. So I'm a big fan of finding the things that DO make you happy, even if temporarily, and latching onto those, really truly relishing them when you get an opportunity to enjoy them. For me, it's things like a good musical, time alone in a quiet room, and uber uber uber dark chocolate (the kind where it's almost too dark to eat). I've been fortunate enough to be able to seek out a career in both theater and teacher, two things that I know make me ecstatically happy when I get to be a part of it. I believe very strongly in cherishing the little things. Filling your life with enough little happinesses *is* enough, and it's a good thing, because that's what we get, because there is no "happily ever after with no problems" in this lifetime. But that's encouraging for me. It means my goal of true happiness is achievable. It's achievable on a regular basis.
So whether you meant that question as a lighthearted lament or a serious question, that's my response. And if you ever need someone to talk to about this, I'm available. I may not have much advice to offer, but I am always available to listen.

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