Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

I don't need to apologize for not writing because all yawl have been busy with the holidays, too. Hope you're still enjoying friends and family, food and festivities. Jamey and I certainly are! Take Saturday for example. Another author friend Ed Putnam has a son getting married on January 2. Hopefully all the wedding guests will purchase his new book "The Final Season" at the reception!

As for the Propst house, we're also mighty caught up with BAMA and our game against Texas for the National Championship on January 7. This is said with apologies to the Taylors, the Cohns, and to any other rabid University of Texas fans who may read my blog.
It's comin', it's comin, can't help it, it's comin' ROOOOOOLLLLLL Tide Roll!!!!!!
Yes, Jamey and I are pretty pumped. In fact, this season is the first since Bear Bryant died that the man of my dreams has felt super positive about his BAMA football team.
Rest in peace, Coach Bryant. Jamey is happy.

There's no exciting news about "The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash" at this moment. I will ask you to keep spreading the word about our Ociee girl and keep your fingers crossed for what might come to be. No hints as yet.

OH, I may actually make an attempt to self-publish a little picture book that's been churning around in my wee brain for some time. Just an idea for now. Anyone out there tried self-publishing? (Write me at I'll keep everyone posted.

Happy 2010! I wish each and every one of you a healthy, prosperous, joy-filled year. With sincere good wishes, Milam

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Such a great time!

Saturday, I was a guest of my first publisher, Dr. Marc Jolley, at the Twentieth Annual Mercer University Authors Luncheon. What a grand time I had! The event was part family reunion and part becoming a "groupie" with such outstanding speakers as Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate, and a delightfully entertaining man in general. Last March I had the privilege of meeting him at a writers conference in Augusta. Also speaking were Nancy Grace, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Kathryn Stockett, author of "The Help", one of my favorite books of the year.
Be still my heart, Kathryn actually recognized me and remarked, "Milam, you've bought so many copies of my book, the next one will be free!"

Best of all, I got to see lotsa old friends, the Brantleys, the adorable Mary Frances and Jim Burt, who designed my first three book covers, the Hollands, Laura Braddick and Betsy Duffey. Betsy is the author of 25 childrens books and was at the gathering to support her husband Bill's new book. My dear friends/family of Mercer Press were scurrying about like chipmunks but still had time for a warm welcome for everyone. Along with Marc Jolley were Marsha, Jenny, Barbara, Kevin and Mr. Edd. I met some very interesting and talented new folks at our table, too, but mostly I talked with Marc, the Burts, and with Andrea Griffith, a former television anchor and now a journalist in Athens. Andrea lives in a cottage with radio active spiders and a beer drinking raccoon. Shouldn't she be writing a book? This was NOT a boring luncheon.

Sometimes being a writer can be a solitary profession. However, yesterday was much more about hugs and laughter, sharing stories and rekindling friendships. I loved every minute and I sincerely thank my friend Dr. Jolley for his kind invitation. *By the way, this man was the very first person who believed in our OCIEE!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Grinnin' in Atlanta

I'm tickled pink and warm as toast on this cold Georgia night.
Tony Peters, a reviewer for LUXURY READING, has written the dearest comments about all three Ociee books. Below is the portion which includes her kind words about Ociee's newest story.
Here's what Tony has to say about "The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash"-------

". . . is a wonderful story for children of all ages. It is very similar to Anne of Green Gables, and yet has its own unique flare to it. The Nash family is full of life, adventure, and value. They are all very deep characters and Ociee is a little girl you cannot help but love. The story has many lessons involved in it and yet, it does not seem to be preaching them to the children.

The storyline is great and I love the adventures/situations Ociee finds herself in and how she manages to make the best of her situations/troubles. This beautiful tale tells of the Southern states at the turn of the century as the 1900s take shape. The plot was not a deep or complicated one, but it was enough that I think young girls and some young guys will enjoy reading it. The writing style was also well done and I think young readers will appreciate Propst’s style."

The entire review can be read at
Tony has also sent her readers to my website. I certainly hope she will read my own words of appreciation for her. If you're reading, Tony, THANK YOU sooooo much, Milam

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Okay, I'm reeeaaallly over the horrific picture

It's Saturday morning and I'm about to pull out our Christmas tree ornaments. Friends are furious with me because my house is decorated, inside and out, and they've already received this year's Christmas card. Sorry, but my OCD kicked in big time AND I was working out my last few layers of angst over last week's grizzly photograph in the paper.
Oh, one last repercussion: my hair looked so bad in famed photo, I went and got it all chopped off. Think Jamie Leigh Curtis, but without her fine figure and pretty face. I met with some girlfriends Thursday morning; everyone of them gasped, one offered her hairdresser's phone number. I'll be wearing hats for the remainder of the holidays.

This blog is supposed to be about my work. Hmmmm. Did I mention Christmas?
Wait! I do have a talk with a book club on Wednesday. Just love to chat with readers and will hopefully sell a buncha books at the event. Our son Jay's car was totaled by a freak on Buford Highway Tuesday and I'd like to contribute to the "Send Jay off for his MFA (in a car, not his bike)" Fund with the proceeds from Wednesday's gathering.

Also, hold positive thoughts that our Ociee girl will eventually be called upon for a television series, Broadway show or a movie. Hey, it could happen, did once before.
Merry Christmas Yawl. Milam