Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scott Laylart Test Shoot - Los Angeles Fashion District


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stages and Stereos

I am proud to contribute to the album work of a great album - Anchorless - by the band Stages and Steroes.

They are a rock band  from Tallahassee Florida,  "creating a sound to convey our world."

Here they are rocking a page in AP Magazine.

Send them your support!  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Reflection of India


made in the

 Reflection of India

Colorful chaos,
master-less masses,
assault on the senses -
All of these are

So that you can feel
all that comes at you
you must demand 

Here, silence is precious.

 Mulititudes of wandering souls.
None have my familiar thirst.
None satisfied, 
but happiness is found
in a meal, or
in comfortable cool nights
sheltered under a bridge
from the rain.

 Frightened eyes looking back at me.
A naked child with outstretched hands.
So many have seen it.

I am not alone
in wanting to blink it away.
But it will not go away.

Cold, clinical, logical-
how I want to see these people.

Watch my woman's heart 
and sorrow come to the surface.
Watch the cold unravel
pulling everything apart.

 Does it become me when I wonder
at how is all goes on
when I am gone?
Do I become sorrow?
Is this how I walk away, 
taking everything to heart?

God is found in mercy and compassion
These are those deserving it in wealth.
Yet, this country has many Gods.

 Most works have been abandoned.
Half built structures, bamboo scaffolding falling away.
Some are complete. Most are falling apart.
Doors missing.  Empty, open windows.
Creepers creeping in - 
visible and invisible.

 Independent of structure, 
accidents are more severe. 
A man missing a right arm
stares through the glass 
and points at my purse.
My pennies won't help him.

But OH! Wonders!
Monuments of a past age!
Inlay with rubies, onyx and jade,
the marble shines pink in the sunset.
Glories of a fading empire
built by a cast
unworthy to die there.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NightBook Novel Second Edition on Kickstarter!

The first edition printed in paper-back was so expensive to make that I had to charge friends and family an arm and a leg just to break even.  Which is why I ask for your help with printing the second edition.  I have shopped around for prices and have found a deal overseas that charges $3.50 a book with a minimum order of 1,000. That puts the project at exactly $3,500 for production cost.

I want to have enough NightBooks to fill independent bookstores all over the country, and still have enough to donate to libraries and schools.

You can have a part in making this happen for me. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. 

NightBook Kickstarter

-Courtney Barriger

Reviews of NightBook

 “NightBook is a brilliant approach to storytelling. This series of short stories runs the gamut of emotions as Barriger carefully weaves us through the dangers and rewards of love. The masterfully controlled tone and tempo of these stories covertly kept my heart beating at the pace Barriger commanded while she enchanted and distracted me with fantasies. At every turn I found myself connecting with the characters as if they were all me and I them. Without giving too much away, her choice of using short stories to tell a greater story is skillfully crafted to dig deep into my heart and give me the visceral experiences that I know all too well from my own romantic triumphs and failures. But this is not just an exercise in the raw and primal nature of love. This is an intellectual piece that tapped into the inner sanctum of my mind to touch my deepest motivations and fears through whimsical allegories. Paired with Barriger’s own original paintings, NightBook expertly illustrates the complexities of love through an emotional journey that will be familiar to anyone who has ever known love and desire.”

“NightBook is a great read. At the first beginning chapters one gets the feel of a fictional anthology or composition of short stories that has little or nothing to do with you, the reader. You may feel quite distant from the characters presented by the author. I would however be cautious about this approach .It is worth noting that the author goes out of her way to bring the reader from a world of fiction and cannily invites you into a world that whether you know it or not you are one of the characters in the book. Its one of those books that if you pay attention to, will sneak up on you and you are no longer reading it but it's actually speaking to you.  Very well written and a pure work of genius, I would say.”

 “I felt every story was poignantly written to evoke an attachment to each character. A warmth came over me when I realized I didn't just plainly understand the emotions described, I knew the characters' fears and freedoms firsthand from my own experiences. Not only are all the stories interconnected, as cheesy as it sounds, you can be a part of it as well if you let yourself really sink into this book. Courtney's style is intelligent yet easy to read, and I can't wait to read more from her!”

“I had the pleasure to read Nightbook, and really enjoyed the imagery and spectrum of different emotions this anthology presents. The Pyramid stood out to me as one of the high points, and I loved the ending of the book as well. Inspiring!”

“One of the best books I've read in a while.. Loved it “

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Morgan Teaser July 2012

Morgan Teaser July 2012 from Peter Stahl on Vimeo.

A Standard Film production, Directed by Peter A. D. Stahl Screenplay by Courtney Barriger & Peter Stahl, Produced by Kim Murray, Starring Courtney Barriger & Scott Broughton

A young woman confronts personal trauma by tapping into memories held within her body, and through the process revisits the past part-by-part.