Okay. So, I sent my dad a manuscript that I had written, asking for the following simple feedback: general impressions, recommendations for improvement, do I answer all the questions raised by the story, are the characters believable, etc. This was my first draft--partially revised, and I wanted some direction on things that might need a major fix before I really launched into the heavy duty editing. I told him not to worry about the stuff like grammar and what not, because that kind of worrying would come at a later phase. I sent it to him over a year ago. He still hasn't read it (well, he read 1/3 of it). At this point, I don't expect him to. He hasn't read (in full) anything since a dumb 40k word story I wrote at the age of 15. That was a long time ago. Do I tell my dad how much this hurts me? Or do I just accept the fact that he doesn't care about my writing career and move forward? I decided, even when I gave it to him, to just keep editing anyway with or without feedback. I figured he'd have it read far before I made a ton of progress (I'm a slow editor). What I mean is, do I just forget about it and stop asking him if he's going to finish reading it? I don't need validation from my dad to know that I am a capable writer. I wanted his feedback because he's a pretty smart, well-read dude and I thought he could help me kick up my skills a notch. I would rather have my dad tell me that I suck as a writer than what he's doing now. I'm guessing I'm not the only one here with unsupportive family members. How do the rest of you deal with this? Do you confront them? Forgive and forget?