Many times I have found myself in conversations wherein the person I’m listening to will suddenly say something so confusing that I realize they have not understood anything I have already told them. In trying to clarify matters, I further realize they remember the entire conversation very differently, sometimes even remembering me saying things that I actually remember them saying. Other times, I will find someone eating the last of some special item, such as ice cream, that I didn’t even know was in the house. When I ask where it was, they always point to a spot that I was recently in and would have had no choice but to literally grab and move the item to get to what I was looking for, making it impossible to miss. Dustpans have been moved and then I’m told that they were always kept at the new location. Equipment at work functions so poorly it is decided to leave it alone until it is repaired. Weeks later, it is still unrepaired, people suddenly start using it again, and they claim that the reason we stopped using it was something else entirely. I’m always remembering the past differently than other people and then the crowd always takes the side of the other person, ganging up against me. It seems like history suddenly changes. I’m not the only one this happens to, but then when I bring up the subject I’m the only one that ever remembers it.
It is this phenomenon of changing history or shifting “sideways” from timeline to timeline (through the fifth dimension – wooooooooh) that is the inspiration for The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship. This is in fact how I get many of my ideas. They are based on my experience in the real world. So, does history-change happen to you?