Why mpreg? I don't know. I think for the merman series, it just adds more for me. It fell into place naturally, and I went with it.
Cardeno C placed a question about mpreg on Facebook this summer and the responses, all 327 comments. were varied. Some love the idea, and some don't. No surprise there. It's like reading book reviews and wondering if the readers all read the same book. They're that vast in the spectrum of their opinions.
Interested in checking it out?
[By the way, the URL for this was forever long. I used Google Shortener to fix it. It's my favorite for making those things shorter because Facebook doesn't stalk them as much.]
Along with her question, there are mpreg groups, pages, videos and a true following.
Here are two videos that I found interesting:
Compilation of the best Mpreg Videos from Film911
Mpreg Seahorse - A young man is pregnant, not a seahorse.
I found this article for those of you who've never heard of mpreg. Read through. It's interesting. This is more about the community of Mpreg than writing.
I tried finding articles on writing mpreg, and the ones available are mostly forums and from writers of fanfic. But, I did find this one. It's worth checking out.
It's from Livejournal.
Workshop: "Writing MPREG" by Sasha_anu
I think Sasha did a great job explaining what a writer needs to consider if they're interested.
As for me, I'm taking the dramatic/not so dramatic route that she refers to. I want my men to have their own children for the mermen series, and I want the emotional complications that occur with it. I want their lives uprooted because they've made the choice to bring life in the world and to have to make the decisions that accompany them. No, I'm not going through the month by month thing.
I'm more or less envisioning rounded bellies, twinges, the warmth of having a life within and later children. That works for me.
Now, it won't be easy. My mermen are going to have trouble convincing their men, especially Batair and Aoki. Aoki is half human/half dragon shifter. The idea of family does not appeal to him. Batair is a guardian, a merman whose not used to being told no. it's going to take him learning a different approach to have Aoki in his life.
In the end, though, they'll get their Happy Ever After.
I'm still new to the writing world and am still exploring. I wonder if my small gathering of readers will be willing to explore with me.