A tale of artists, intrigue, and the magical renaissance

A complete tale of artists, intrigue, and the magical renaissance

Twisted Cogs is a four-book series about magical superheroes in the Italian Renaissance

You can read the first draft of books 1-4 on this site, or you can find the complete versions of Book 1 and Book 2 on Amazon

Other Serials by this author

Beta Key 

(Being edited for publication. First four chapters available to read now)

Orbital Academy


32 responses

  1. tijay

    Yo how am I meant to get to the first story without a table of contents?


    2014-07-30 at 11:16 am

    • C.Coyote

      Do you know those people that come up to you and asks where the flower boutique is, when there is a 2 by 4 meter sign right over your head which reads “Flower Shop”?
      That is because you are that person.
      Look to the right of the site, there are a list of links.

      Liked by 4 people

      2014-07-30 at 1:02 pm

      • tijay

        That first message may have come of a bit confrontational

        I’m on my phone (not the WordPress app)
        And there is no sidebar


        2014-07-31 at 6:24 pm

    • It actually never even occurred to me to check out how the site would look on mobile devices! I’m not surprised it was tricky to navigate, yipes!

      I’ll take a look at stylings and try to make things a little easier for my mobile readers; thanks for the heads up!

      Liked by 2 people

      2014-08-04 at 12:41 am

  2. tijay

    Went onto view full site


    2014-07-31 at 6:25 pm

    • I finally got on this and added a Table of Contents to the mobile layout of the site! A little late for you, I realize, but hopefully future mobile readers will appreciate you giving me the head’s up :)

      Liked by 1 person

      2014-08-13 at 9:55 pm

  3. let it soak in.. think of it in twisted cog world….


    2014-09-30 at 10:12 pm

    • Oh god…

      There are some foul-minded Artifexes in the Twisted Cogs world of your mind Mr. Pen, simply foul


      2014-10-01 at 10:19 pm

  4. doing some research for another project, i found this. very very interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutelary_deity


    2014-10-18 at 7:05 pm

    • It’s funny, about half the time when people bring up interesting tidbits like this, I think “oh wow, they are right on the money about where that came from,” and half the time I think “oh wow, I totally ripped that off without remembering it was something I knew,” and half the time I think “oh wow, I didn’t realize the cool thing I came up with has actually been done many times before.”

      How can I think three different things half the time? Which particular instance does the Tutelary deity fall under? ♫ Neener neener neeener, I’m not telling ♫

      Liked by 1 person

      2014-10-19 at 11:21 pm

      • I know, right! i run into that all the time. There was an article going around about the psychology of that, of unconcious plagarism, it called it, but basically about using things that you remember, but think that you created.

        Liked by 1 person

        2014-10-20 at 12:16 am

        • Well…. Technically, everything we ever come up with is plagiarism. It’s all based past experiences we’ve had, past stories we’ve read, etc. Think for a moment, technically everything in this serial is plagiarised. Magic? Been a concept for hundreds of years. The church of olde will sue you. The names of each type of storm touched? Latin. <__> Twilight)


          2014-11-16 at 7:13 am

          • George

            Not every thought which fails to jump directly from the formless void to your consciousness and then be refined by purely a priori reasoning is plagiarism.


            2016-01-18 at 12:01 am

  5. Maddirosex, did you just recently post your twisted cogs story onto a site called Royalroadl.com? just wanted to know because if not someone did and i don’t want them to rip off someone’s awesome work


    2015-02-01 at 12:31 am

    • I did indeed! I thought it would be a nifty way for more people to find Twisted Cogs, and it also seems like a really cool little community over there that I’m hoping to get involved in.

      Thanks so much for looking out for me and letting me know! :)

      Liked by 2 people

      2015-02-01 at 9:18 pm

  6. ultragunner

    None for today?


    2015-05-16 at 6:17 pm

    • Nope, none for the 16th; Twisted Cogs updates on Sundays and Wednesdays.

      But lucky for you, that means there’s an update tonight!


      2015-05-17 at 10:49 pm

      • ultragunner

        Haha, i thought it was saturday. Must have misread it. Thanks for the amazing series! Hope you continue writing


        2015-05-17 at 10:59 pm

        • ultragunner

          Wait, guess i did read it right. This chap just showed up to me on monday because of time difference


          2015-05-17 at 11:00 pm

  7. Love your story and I enjoy your style. Sometimes it can feel a bit disjointed. But I’m looking forward for more.


    2015-06-30 at 12:29 pm

    • Thank you, I’m really glad you’re enjoying it!


      2015-07-05 at 9:23 pm

  8. found this a few days ago and have to say i find it great so far, but i don’t make sense out of your release time, while 11:59 is easily understood, is that in pm, am or military time (aka 11:59/24:00).

    since i live in japan if it updates 11:59 am it would be 2 in the morning on mondays, 23:59 it’s 2pm, i thought it would be at 2 am so i could read it on the train but i saw no update, was that because my browser didn’t update or because the page was late?

    since i could read the page at 1 pm i figured it have to have been either or (or a one hour early release), so could anyone please enlighten me when i should visit this site.


    2015-07-13 at 2:15 am

    • automeris

      Hmm, I think it used to say 11:59 p.m., banarok. That has been my experience with his updates, at any rate. CST is GMT-6, and JST is GMT+9, so if he updates just before midnight, your updates will happen on or before 3:00 p.m. If his updates are actually happening on CDT during the summer, which is GMT-5, you will get things an hour earlier.

      If you got the latest update at 1:00 p.m, that would be because he was a bit earlier than promised.


      2015-07-13 at 3:16 am

      • thank you very much for your answer, it’s highly appreciated.


        2015-07-13 at 5:38 am

        • Yep, exactly as automeris said.

          I often post a chapter ahead of the deadline, so occasionally you can find it a little earlier than promised :)


          2015-07-13 at 4:12 pm

  9. 965470053311480

    Hmm, is there no RSS feed? To me (mobile) it looks like the only way to subscribe is to comment and check the checkbox for new posts through mail.

    Liked by 1 person

    2015-08-06 at 5:56 pm

  10. Oh wow! Thanks for the mention (and the purchase!)

    Liked by 1 person

    2015-08-23 at 11:53 pm

    • What can I say, I like buying music I can write to :D

      (For those of you browsing this comment after it falls off the news page: Identifier, it’s amazing, check it out)


      2015-08-30 at 10:01 pm

  11. What a Fine Turkey Day!

    Are there any other works you have done?


    2018-11-12 at 12:00 am

  12. IceCold

    The Orbital Academy link seems to not be working.


    2020-01-01 at 12:32 pm

  13. zRonin Holeberger



    2021-12-08 at 11:20 am

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