Welcome to The Spark Journal. My name is Chris Gonzales. I am a writer and amateur photographer based in Oklahoma City but living in an RV full-time with my wife Chelsea and our three-year-old son Brendon.

I started this site under the name Unretrofied in October 2010, relaunching it as The Spark Journal in July 2014.

I write about a number of subjects here, with a general focus on creativity, writing, mindfulness, craftsmanship, and things that delight—with a splash of geekery thrown in for good measure. I like to think of it as a place for creative geeks to stop by, enjoy their morning cup of coffee, and read things that stimulate their minds and inspire them to do their best work.


There are a few ways to keep up with this site:


In addition to this site, I am a regular contributor at Tools & Toys and its sister site, The Sweet Setup. Both are owned by my friend Shawn Blanc and they're a lot of fun to write for.

When I'm not writing my hobby is taking photos, and as such I have photo-sharing accounts all over the place. Here are the main ones:


  • This site is built and hosted on Squarespace 7, using a heavily modified version of the Bedford template.
  • The RSS feed is powered by FeedPress.
  • I happily manage all my domains through Hover. I will never again register elsewhere.
  • Inadvisably late nights of writing are fueled by Blue Bottle Coffee and Apple Music.
  • All my writing is done on an iPad Air 2 (with some light editing on my iPhone 6) using Editorial for iOS.

RSS Sponsorships

I do not currently have an RSS sponsorship system in place, but I am quite open to the idea. If you have something you'd like to advertise to an audience of smart creatives, get in touch!

Affiliate Link Policy

I use affiliate links when linking to certain products on Amazon, iTunes, etc. I do this only for products I stand behind. If I've linked to something in this way, you can trust that I think it's worth your time. It costs you nothing extra, and helps me keep the lights on around here.

Get In Touch

If you have a love letter, question, or comment, feel free to email me at chris@sparkjournal.net. If you just need to hit me up real quick, I'm @Gromble on Twitter. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below.

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