Category Archives: behind the scenes

Category Archives: behind the scenes

adventures in lalaland: a graphic novella

Moving can suck. But it can also be highly entertaining as you sort through forgotten belongings, memories, letters from high school BF’s, so-bad-they-are-awesome 80’s pictures…and of course that graphic novel project from graphic design school.

What’s even more entertaining is that this is before California was in the picture, before Lalatopia, before I found my artist wings (obv), and before tutu’s had become a wardrobe essential…just goes to show that some seeds are planted deep…and if you can imagine it…you can create it! (For those new to the blog I’m actually moving to the Lalaland in 10 days.)

I believe this was an assignment for a creative thinking class circa 2009 — we had to create a concept and rough mock-up for a graphic novel (rough being the operative word here!).   So, without further ado — the debut of my first, and likely last, web novella: Adventures in LalaLand — The case of the missing chocolate chips.

Although the story is at or around the reading comprehension level of an untrained monkey — here’s a little background to give you a running start:


PicMonkey Collage


When we first meet our heroine, her favorite breakfast is about to be interrupted by a very rude discovery (Click the first pic to open the slideshow)…



a season of magic (and secrets)

Saturday marks the shortest day of the year — the turning point between when the earth goes from Power-Nap mode to Robert-Downey-Jr-Comeback mode.  

The next few days are about slowing down, taking stock, lighting a candle in the gloomy winter darkness and making a wish for all those things you wish to be born in the new year. (and here you thought it was all about making sure you make the shipping deadline for your gazillionth xmas order)

I’ve got big plans for 2014. Huge. So, although I’m pretty stellar at power napping at any time of the year — I’ve been working around the clock on a wee little project for the website. It’s a secret, though — complete with a secret passageway and code word. So if you want to be in-the-know you’ll have to get thee thyself on the Goody Bag list (just over to the right, there) in order to get access as soon as it’s born.

In the meantime, I’ve been authorized to give you a sneak-peak — but if I tell you any more I will have to kill you…or seriously maim you…or maybe just tickle you until you pee…that seems more humane.




sneaky peek at my new illustrated book

'Ella Characters

Artwork Copyright © 2013 Lisa Lavoie 

It’s November, and as I can’t grow a mustache (nor do I believe that mustache’s cure cancer anymore than ribbons do…but I digress), the only other game in town was to write a book — a la NaNoWriMo. Even joined an official writing posse headed by the sassy writer-girl Lisa Lister.

So my first book is underway! The heroine is ‘ella (with an apostrophe) — sort of like Cinderella as she does lead a charmed life…but sans the ashes and the daft prince. She’s a little witch that lives in a 5th floor walk up in Manhattan with her sidekick Dougie (a baby dragon, although the neighbors think he is a chihuahua), her rag doll Sprinkles, Tallulah (a fairy godmother-ish thing) and Poppet (the tarot card-reading hand puppet who lives in a crystal ball).

Yesterday was a long, but exciting, day of auditions for the main characters —  despite the customary hiccoughs one would expect trying to herd baby dragons things went well and we now have a stunning and talented cast — can’t wait to see what they get up to!