My thesis is being turned into two submissions. They cover two separate ideas, two separate sets of analyses, even two mostly-separate subsets of tasks. But just to demonstrate how interconnected the papers are, they refer to each other. It's not as bad as it could be, which would be each referencing the other as being "in preparation". The short conference submission referenced "X, Y, & Z (in preparation)"; XYZ references "X & Z (submitted)". Still, I couldn't help but hear theme music from "The Lion King" started running through my head. If I had any brainpower left over from writing them, I'd try to parody the music into "The Circle of References".