Melissa Leilani Larson

What Mel is up to presently:

THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice is slated for production at Miami University Ohio in February 2016.

FILM: Philomena.

TV: Orphan Black, Jane the Virgin, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

BOOK: Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser.

SONG: "World Spins Madly On" by The Weepies.

EDIBLE: Dill Pickle Lay's.

INK IN THE PEN: J. Herbin's Stormy Grey.

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2 August 2014 0 Comments

A Nervous Proposal.

Ben’s palms were sweating. It felt like he was wiping them down his trousers every two minutes. He couldn’t remember ever sweating this much in his life. At least it was dark in the theater. He kept checking his jacket pocket, to make sure the box was still there. Ugh, if he lost it… Mom […]

28 November 2013 5 Comments


I have much to be grateful for and am not always the best about expressing it, so here goes. I have a great family and swell friends. I have a solid relationship with my Savior and my Heavenly Parents. I’ve been blessed with an itch to make things—good things. I almost always have ink on […]

19 November 2013 1 Comment

Little Karl.

Last fall I entered a short story contest hosted by Everyday Mormon Writer. I would include the link, but their website is unfortunately infected with some kind of malware and isn’t safe to visit. Due to a current conversation in the blogosphere discussing the lack of—or lack of interest in—Mormon tragedy, and because I want […]

14 August 2013 0 Comments

Lizzy and Lottie

This is a scene from Pride and Prejudice. We are at the Meryton assembly, and Elizabeth has just overheard Darcy call her “tolerable”. ELIZABETH Goodness, you’d think something crawled into his supper and died. CHARLOTTE I can’t even—Did you hear what he said? ELIZABETH I did. Likely he doesn’t dance because he’s bad at it. […]

1 February 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Old Friends.

So I have been a little busy. And I did set one of those New Year’s resolutions to blog more often, which is totally in the plan (ssh—don’t tell anyone it’s already February). Part of the reason I’ve been so crazy busy is that I’ve been doing a ton of teaching—I am fuller than full time […]