No, sorry to say I didn't come up with it.
It was actually a prank played on me and some of my friends on the Writers Digest message boards a couple of years ago. At that time, William was getting some pretty bizarre private messages from a woman there--gory photos, websites that had to do with stuff like death and dismemberment. We started referring to her privately as mad Mel. William was getting freaked out by her messages. He tried ignoring her. She didn't take the hint...so finally, April and I confronted her on one of the message boards and let her know he didn't appreciate her odd attentions.
Shortly thereafter, April Fool's Day came. Julie, a friend from our WD inner circle and the last person we would have expected to play a prank because she's so good-natured, did just that. And she did it brilliantly!
When I logged on the morning of April 1st, there was a notice from WD: I had a private message from...Mad Mel! It was an out-and-out threat--she was telling me to back off, that William was hers and I'd better stay out of her way! Soon, I heard from others in our circle who had also received messages from "Mad Mel." Everybody was alarmed by the fact that she even knew we had been calling her that.
None of us could figure it out...until Julie finally came forward and 'fessed up. She had taken the time to create a profile for "Mad Mel" and send out clever PMs to everybody! It was without a doubt the funniest prank I have ever had played on me. I've been the target of some good ones, and I've pulled some good ones of my own over the years. But this one takes the prize.
Thank you, Julie, wherever you are now. It was brilliant. I bow to your creative genius!