Flirting with Fame

Melanie Lynn Griffin recently escaped a twenty-seven year career as an environmental lobbyist in Washington, D.C. She’s currently reinventing herself as a freelance writer, retreat leader, and pastor. She loves travel, both the inner and outer journeys. She reads, gardens, cooks, meditates, hangs out with friends, and spends as much time as she can at her writing retreat in southern New Hampshire. She received a masters in creative nonfiction from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and now must figure out what to do with her life. She’s pondering getting a real job, but would much prefer that a first-class agent/publisher discover this blog and make her a famous writer.

Fireworks at the Celebration When I Win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Fireworks at the Celebration When I Win the Nobel Prize for Literature

In the meantime, here are links to some of Melanie’s published writing:

Portfolio on Contently:


“An Ambivalent Foray:”

A personal essay featured in the 2014 anthology Answers I’ll Accept


T. J. Eckleburg Review:


Sojourners — Sojo.net:


 AARP Bulletin:



Sierra Magazine:

A Growing Movement


Grist Guest Essay:



So to Speak Journal:



Outside In Literary Travel Magazine:


Microjourneys | Multiple Authors | Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine.


Microjourneys | Multiple Authors | Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine. (I have two short pieces on this page.)


The Keene Sentinel:



Broken Light Photography Collective Guest Blogs:



Seven by Twenty (Twitter Poetry)

Mom’s garden is gone, torn up. Quince, rose, hydrangea, dogwood: The bare earth looks like a grave.

(Oct 2015)

Greenbelt News Review:

Staff writer for a local newspaper, the Greenbelt News Review. Below are links to recent issues containing Melanie’s articles.

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20130509.pdf (page 1) Green Man Festival

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20130502.pdf (page 1) Kale-A-Rama Festival

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20111103.pdf  (page 1) Candidates Green Forum

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20110203.pdf (page 1) Nature Journaling

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20101202.pdf (page 1) Teacher Profiles

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20110526.pdf (page 1) Annual town meeting

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20110303.pdf (page 9) Sustainability Brainstorming Session

http://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com/issues/GNR20101028.pdf (page 2)  Solar power


Melanie also maintains an extensive list of rejection notes and letters, but chooses not to share them here because she is certain they will be worth a lot of money once she’s famous.

The Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nobel Prize for Literature


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Coleman
    Mar 26, 2016 @ 16:45:36

    If an uber agent discovers you, promise me you’ll leave her/him a trail of M&Ms or Greek olives or something to my blog. Right?


    • melanielynngriffin
      Mar 26, 2016 @ 16:57:59

      Absolutely! Us Hopkins grads have to stick together, right? But I’m not aiming higher than Jossey-Bass, and you’ve already been there, done that.
      By the way, when I click on the link used here, it says the page isn’t available. It doesn’t take me to Napper’s Companion (which is one of my favorite places).


  2. Jane Weaver
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 03:22:19

    Melanie, you make me smile! 🙂


  3. Terry Kepler
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:09:49

    Hi, Melanie. I love it, and will be visiting you here at breakfast often.


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