The author did abandon the plot of his wife's story as the story went on, which was unfortunate, but he did include them as a group which was important to keeping what the MC valued, which was family. MC did not abandon them for power or forgotten them as the story went on, but they were still relevant to the story.
When he was sent to exile to the graveyard, they set it up saying no one of the 170+ chosen one ever made it back. The build up was good, the reason to exile him was good, but that whole plot just turned into a normal level up chapter with no drama, no real plot twists other than a disciple sent to kill him, which he solves in less than half a chapter. In the end, there was nothing to make it 'fun' or enticing. He just walked back to the Monastery and just nothing really to feel 'emotional' about.
It uses so many word count each chapter to explain how the foundation of the MC and his wife had upgraded but the whole novel, he really never fought any one. No major enemies other than leaders of the sects which he doesn't even really fight. There is such an emphasis on power development but in the end, it resolves with a 'small' plot and the enemy surrenders. Nothing to put the power to any use.
Drink every time:
- a whole chapter is dedicated to describing his development of fire
-a time skip thats says X years past, in order to advance the plot
-he gives his wife something to upgrade them
-he actually fights
-he sells pills and negotiates
-he goes on a 'retreat'
-The Palace Master says he's proud of this disciple
-"Pure Yang Palace has such dogpoop luck"