Sometimes I can tell when I'm dreaming because I try to read something and the words are indecipherable. The other night I dreamed that I really needed to read an important text message, so the sender resorted to using a flower bed in a garden. The message was "white snake root will do if the ageratum in the border hasn't filled in yet."
Late one night at home i was writing down ideas for a thing about postcolonialism or something like that and fell asleep. i woke up in the wee hours and the last paragraph i'd written unmistakably narrated a dream sequence, in some version of my handwriting, shaky but legible. Something about the Minotaur and my brother and a cargo ship full of hay bales? don't remember. i couldn't remember any part of the actual experience, but it was observed on some level obviously. i think i still have the page somewhere. strange
One time in high school, my friend Resham fell asleep while taking notes in class. Her pen continued to move for a while. After class, we attempted to decipher her unconscious notes.
We figured out that "?!+k" meant shot and killed. I enjoy using the term ?!+k in my own shorthand. It's aesthetically pleasing, but it's hard to spread awareness of it because it involves introducing people to the concept of unconscious note-taking.